NASA's Advanced X-Ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF), designed to be the world's most powerful X-ray observatory, is taking shape, with Eastman Kodak delivering the high-resolution mirror assembly. It has also delivered the optical-bench structure to spacecraft prime contractor TRW. The AXAF project is the third of NASA's Great Observatory series, after the Hubble Space telescope project and that of the Compton Gamma Ray Telescope. It will be deployed in orbit by the Space Shuttle STS93/Columbia in August 1998.

Source: Flight International