The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array Mission
NuSTAR is the first focusing high-energy X-ray mission, opening the hard
X-ray sky above 10 keV for sensitive study for the first time. NuSTAR will
search for black holes, map supernova explosions, and study the most extreme
Launched in 2012, the NuSTAR mission is using the first focusing telescopes
to image the sky in the high-energy X-ray (5 - 80 keV) region of the
spectrum. Our view of the universe in this spectral window has been limited
because previous orbiting telescopes have not employed true focusing optics,
but rather have used coded apertures that have intrinsically high backgrounds
and limited sensitivity.
During its two-year primary mission phase, NuSTAR will map selected regions
of the sky in order to:
- take a census of collapsed stars and black holes of different sizes by surveying regions surrounding the center of own Milky Way Galaxy and performing deep observations of the extragalactic sky;
- map recently-synthesized material in young supernova remnants to understand how stars explode and how elements are created; and
- understand what powers relativistic jets of particles from the most extreme active galaxies hosting supermassive black holes.
NuSTAR was launched at 9 am PDT, June 13, 2012 on a Pegasus XL rocket
which was dropped
from a Lockheed 10-11 flying over the Pacific Ocean near Kwajalein.
Caltech NuSTAR Homepage
NASA's NuSTAR Mission Page
- NuSTAR helps solve the Black Hole Spin Riddle, February 27, 2013
- NuSTAR detects two high energy black holes in the outer disk of the galaxy IC 342 and images the Cas A supernova remnant, January 7, 2013
- NuSTAR Spots a flare from Sgr A*, the Milky Way's Supermassive black hole, October 23, 2012
- NuSTAR's First 100 days, September 21, 2012
- NuSTAR Passes Post-Launch Assessment Review (30 Jul 2012)
ASA's new X-ray mission, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, has passed its PLAR, clearing the way for the mission to enter its science operations phase (Phase "E") in August 2012.....
- NuSTAR Observes 3C 273 (July 16, 2012) (17 Jul 2012)
3C 273 simultaneously observed by NuSTAR, XMM, Swift, Suzaku, and INTEGRAL....
- NuSTAR First Light (June 28, 2012) (28 Jun 2012)
NuSTAR observes Cyg X-1, providing the first-ever focused images of the high-energy X-ray universe....
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