What is the purpose of NuSTAR?
What has NuSTAR discovered?
NuSTAR Discovered the First Ultra-Luminous Pulsar
This was the nearest type Ia supernova to go off in 150 years.” According to Stern, nearly every terrestrial and orbiting observatory started collecting data on this unexpected supernova, named 2014J.Jun 1, 2017
Where is NuSTAR located?
in Dulles, Virginia. NuSTAR's mission operations center is at the University of California Berkeley, and the official data archive is at NASA's High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center. ASI provides the mission's ground station and a mirror archive. Caltech manages JPL for NASA.
When was the NuSTAR spacecraft launched?
The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) spacecraft was launched on a Pegasus XL rocket which was dropped from a Lockheed L-1011 "TriStar" aircraft flying over the Pacific Ocean near the Kwajalein Atoll on June 13, 2012, as can be seen in this video.Jan 24, 2018
Where is Fermi telescope located?
Fermi, which was called the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) until it reached its operational orbit, launched on June 11, 2008, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a Delta II Heavy rocket. It was placed into a circular orbit around Earth with an altitude of about 350 miles (560 kilometers).Jul 16, 2018
Where is the International Ultraviolet Explorer?
A shell of a control and display unit for the International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) satellite, preserved in the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
What type of light does NuSTAR use?
NuSTAR is designed to detect the highest-energy X-ray light in great detail. It complements telescopes that observe lower-energy X-ray light, such as XMM-Newton and NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. Scientists use these and other telescopes to estimate the rates at which black holes spin (Figure 15).
Was the NuSTAR mission successful?
Pegasus Successfully Launches NuSTAR
NASA's NuSTAR spacecraft began its mission following a successful launch aboard an Orbital Sciences' Pegasus XL rocket. The Pegasus was released from Orbital's "Stargazer" L-1011 carrier aircraft at noon EDT on June 13, or 4 a.m. MHT on June 14 in the drop zone.Sep 30, 2013
Is Fermi telescope still operational?
In 2019, a NASA Senior Review concluded that Fermi should continue to be operated into 2022, a decision that was subsequently approved by NASA. Further extensions remain possible.
Is the Fermi telescope still working?
After five years of operations, on Aug. 11, 2013, Fermi entered an extended phase of its mission, a deeper study of the high-energy cosmos. This is a significant step toward the science team's planned goal of a decade of observations, ending in 2018.Aug 24, 2020
What is the Fermi telescope doing right now?
The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, formerly GLAST, is opening this high-energy world to exploration and helping us answer these questions. ... Physicists are able to study subatomic particles at energies far greater than those seen in ground-based particle accelerators.
What does NuSTAR stand for?What does NuSTAR stand for?
NuSTAR ( Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array) is a space-based X-ray telescope that uses a conical approximation to a Wolter telescope to focus high energy X-rays from astrophysical sources, especially for nuclear spectroscopy, and operates in the range of 3 to 79 keV. NuSTAR is the eleventh mission of NASA 's Small Explorer...
How does NuSTAR focus X-rays?How does NuSTAR focus X-rays?
Unlike visible light telescopes – which employ mirrors or lenses working with normal incidence – NuSTAR has to employ grazing incidence optics to be able to focus X-rays. For this two conical approximation Wolter telescope design optics with 10.15 metres (33.3 ft) focal length are held at the end of a long deployable mast.
How long has NuSTAR been in operation?How long has NuSTAR been in operation?
Having completed a two-year primary mission, NuSTAR is in its ninth year of operation. NuSTAR's predecessor, the High Energy Focusing Telescope (HEFT), was a balloon-borne version that carried telescopes and detectors constructed using similar technologies. In February 2003, NASA issued an Explorer Program Announcement of Opportunity.
What has NASA done with NuSTAR?What has NASA done with NuSTAR?
In February 2013, NASA revealed that NuSTAR, along with the XMM-Newton space observatory, has measured the spin rate of the supermassive black hole at the centre of the galaxy NGC 1365. NuSTAR has captured these first, focused views of the supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy in high-energy X-ray light.