In 1992, the NASA and the ASI orbited Lageos-2 (Laser Geodynamics Satellites), the successor to Lageos-1, aimed at precisely defining the shape of Earth, determining the movements of the tectonic plates due to the continental drift and measuring some general relativity parameters theorized by Einstein, with a 10% precision.

Lageos-2 was launched from the Space Shuttle Columbia’s cargo bay by the Iris (Italian Research Interim Stage) propulsion system.

Iris, which transferred Lageos-2 at an altitude of about 6000 km, was developed by Alenia and Snia Bpd (Fiat group) for the motor part.

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