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The LISA Spacecraft

The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) consists of three spacecraft orbiting the sun in a triangular configuration. The LISA mission will study the mergers of supermassive black holes, test Einstein's theory of general relativity, probe the early universe, and search for gravitational waves. As these passing waves ripple space and time, they will alter the laser beams shining between the spacecraft, offering a different perspective on the universe. LISA is scheduled for launch in 2015.
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LISA's three spacecraft are separated from each other by 5 million kilometers.    LISA's three spacecraft are separated from each other by 5 million kilometers.
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Animation Number:10125
Animator:Chris Meaney (HTSI) (Lead)
Writer:Michael McClare (HTSI)
Platform/Sensor/Data Set:LISA
Series:Astrophysics Animations
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