Gallery

Videos

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from movie (12/30/15) -- Time-lapse movie of the NICER payload's first deployment, using a gravity-mitigation system, during electromagnetic testing at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. [mov (401 Megabytes)]
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from movie (12/23/15) -- Time-lapse movie of NICER's box-shaped X-ray Timing Instrument, with attached flight electronics and the payload's pointing system, being lifted and positioned onto the flight Adapter Plate, NICER's interface to the International Space Station-provided hardware for installation on Station, in a clean-tent at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. [mov (395 Megabytes)]
frame from animation Animation of the pointing system [MP4]
frame from animation Animation of deploying and tracking [MP4]
frame from animation NICER also enables an exciting technology demonstration in which millisecond pulsars are used as precise clocks, analogous to the atomic clocks on GPS satellites, to determine a spacecraft's position in the galaxy.  Future travels into the outer Solar system and beyond will use this Pulsar Navigation technique to plot out the voyage. [QT |MP4]
frame from animation NICER operations: NICER is shown at faster than real time tracking pulsars with slews between targets.  Notice that the solar panels are tracking the Sun and appear fixed in the sky relative to the stars. [QT | MP4]
frame from animation Short animation of the pointing system [avi | QT]

Slides

NICER Science Overview

NICER Images

NICER On Flicker