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Astronomy Acronyms

Alphabetical Listing of Astronomy Acronyms

  • A&A — Astronomy And Astrophysics
  • AACS — Attitude And Articulation Control Subsystem
  • AAO — Anglo-Australian Observatory
  • AAS — American Astronomical Society
  • AAS — American Astronautical Society
  • AAVSO — American Association of Variable Star Observers
  • AC — Atlas Centaur
  • ACE — Advanced Composition Explorer
  • ACF — Automated Control Function
  • ACR — Active Cavity Radiometer
  • ACRIM — ACR Irradiance Monitor
  • ACRV — Assured Crew Return Vehicle
  • ACRV — Astronaut Crew Rescue Vehicle
  • ACTS — Advanced Communications Technology Satellite
  • ADEOS — Advanced Earth Observing Satellite
  • ADFRF — Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility
  • ADS — Astrophysical Data System (at Havard-Smithsonian CfA)
  • ADS — Aitken Double Star Catalog
  • AE — Arianespace SA
  • AEPI — Atmospheric Emissions Photometric Imaging
  • AF — Air Force
  • AFETR — USAF’s ETR
  • AFGWC — Air Force Global Weather Center
  • AFP — Air Force Program
  • AFPRO — Air Force Plan Representative Office
  • AFRSI — Advanced FRSI
  • AFWTR — USAF’s WTR
  • AGB — Asymptotic Giant Branch
  • AGE — Auxiliary Ground Equipment
  • AGN — Active Galactic Nucleus
  • AGU — American Geophysical Union
  • AIAA — American Institute of Aeronautics And Astronautics
  • AIPS — Astronomical Image Processing System
  • AIRS — Atmospheric Infrared Sounder
  • AJ — Astronomical Journal
  • ALAE — Atmospheric Lyman-Alpha Emissions
  • ALDP — Advanced Launch Development Program
  • ALEXIS — Array of Low Energy X-ray Imaging Sensors
  • ALPO — Association of Lunar And Planetary Observers
  • ALS — Advanced Launch System
  • AMOS — Air Force Maui Optical System
  • AMSR — Advanced Microwave Sounding Radiometer
  • ANSI — American National Standards Institute
  • AOA — Abort Once Around (shuttle Abort Plan)
  • AOA — Angle of Attack
  • AOCS — Attitude And Orbit Control System
  • APE — Auroral Photography Experiment
  • APJ — Astrophysical Journal
  • APL — Applied Physics Laboratory (at Johns Hopkins)
  • APM — Attached Pressurized Module (a.k.a. Columbus)
  • APM — Atmospheric Particle Monitor
  • APT — Automatic Picture Transmission
  • APT — Automatic Photoelectric Telescope
  • APU — Auxiliary Power Unit
  • ARC — Ames Research Center (NASA)
  • ARC — Astrophysical Research Consortium
  • ARISTOTELES — Applications And Research Involving Space Technologies Observing The Earth’s Field From Low Earth Orbiting Satellite
  • ARRL — American Radio Relay League
  • ARTEMIS — Advanced Relay TEchnology MISsion
  • ASA — Astronomical Society of The Atlantic
  • ASCO — Arab Satellite Communications Organization
  • ASE — Advanced Space Engine
  • ASEM — Assembly of Station By EVA Methods
  • ASI — Agenzia Spaziale Italiano
  • ASP — Astronomical Society of The Pacific
  • ASRM — Advanced Solid Rocket Motor
  • ASS — Antenna Support Structure
  • ASTER — Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission And Reflection
  • ASTRO — Space Astrophysics Laboratory
  • ATAL — Alternate Transoceanic Abort Landing
  • ATCS — Active Thermal Control System
  • ATDRS — Advanced Tracking And Data Relay Satellite
  • ATLAS — Atmospheric Laboratory For Applications And Science
  • ATM — Amateur Telescope Maker
  • ATM — Apollo Telescope Mount (on Skylab)
  • ATMOS — Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy
  • ATO — Abort To Orbit
  • ATSR — Along Track Scanning Radiometer
  • AU — Astronomical Unit
  • AURA — Association of Universities For Research In Astronomy
  • AVHRR — Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer
  • AW&ST — Aviation Week And Space Technology
  • AXAF — Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility
  • BAE — British Aerospace
  • BATSE — Burst And Transient Source Experiment
  • BBXRT — Broad-Band X-Ray Telescope
  • BC — Bolometric Correction
  • BD — Bonner Durchmusterung (catalog)
  • BDB — Big Dumb Booster
  • BECO — Booster Engine Cutoff
  • BEM — Bug-Eyed Monster
  • BFC — Backup Flight Computer
  • BFCS — Backup Flight Control System
  • BFS — Backup Flight System
  • BH — Black Hole
  • BIMA — Berkeley Illinois Maryland Array
  • BIMDA — Bioserve-Instrumentation Technology Associate Materials Dispersion Analysis
  • BMDO — Ballistic Missile Defense Office
  • BMFT — Bundesministerium Fuer Forschung Und Technologie
  • BNSC — British National Space Centre

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