The Big Picture

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This very large museum artifact resides in a museum near the main international airport in Washington DC. It played a very important role in space research for about 30 years and was involved launching a famous telescope.

 Can you identify what this image is?

 What type of sciences would be associated with launching a telescope? Give reasons for your answer.  

Why is it  a different colour from what you would expect?

Post your comments and I will feedback,

Regards Dr Kathy Mackey at the Smithsonian.