What does KAO stand for?
KAO stands for Kuiper Airborn Observatory
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Special Modifications Several C-141s have been modified to perform special missions for the U. S. Air Force and NASA. A number of these aircraft were designed to transport the Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in its special container, up to a total weight of 92,000 pounds (41,731kg) while others were used as aerial testbeds for advanced radar systems or as flying observatories. Kuiper Airborne Observatory.
The Kuiper Airborne Observatory (KAO) was a national facility operated by NASA to support research in infrared astronomy. The observatory was a highly modified C141 cargo aircraft that acquired scientific data between 1975 and 1995.
Activities based on the observations of space made by the Kuiper Airborne Observatory are available in this guide. Hints for teachers and handouts for students are provided. These are appropriate for grades 6-12.
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Besides the minor planet 1776 Kuiper, the crater Kuiper on the Moon, craters on Mars and Mercury, the now-decommissioned Kuiper Airborne Observatory.