50 years ago, NASA’s Copernicus set the bar for space astronomy

Illustration of NASA’s Copernicus satellite. Credit: NASA At 6:28 am EDT on Aug. 21, 1972, NASA’s Copernicus satellite, the heaviest and most complex space telescope of its time, lit up the sky as it ascended into orbit from Launch Complex 36B at what is now Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. Initially known as Orbiting … Read more