APOD: A Tether in Space Feature Summary

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A Tether in Space
The white spherical object is a 1.6 m diameter satellite, part of the Tethered Satellite System-1, launched in 1992 from a boom extending out from the bay of the Space Shuttle. The mission was to generate electricity by dragging the conducting wire through the magnetic field of Earth.

-- To learn more, visit APOD's A Tether in Space.
-- To find out how the test turned out, see The Space Tether Experiment.
-- Clearly a light, strong material is needed for the tether.

(This feature was updated on July 16, 2013.)
image credit: <a href="http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/database/MasterCatalog?sc=TSS-1" target="_blank">TSS-1</a>, <a href="http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/database/MasterCatalog?sc=1992-049A" target="_blank">STS-46 Crew</a>, <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/" target= "_blank">NASA</a>; <a href="http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap050328.html" target="_blank">image source</a>; <a href="http://www.physicstogo.org/images/features/space-tether-large-5-15-09.jpg" target="_blank">larger image</a>
image credit: TSS-1, STS-46 Crew, NASA; image source; larger image
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May 16, 2009 - June 1, 2009