ASCA: The Advanced Satellite for Cosmology and Astrophysics
The Advanced Satellite for Cosmology and Astrophysics (ASCA), is Japan’s fourth cosmic X-ray astronomy mission, and the second for which the United States is providing part of the scientific payload. The satellite was successfully launched on February 20, 1993. ASCA operated successfully till July 15 2000 when it was tranferred into a safe-hold mode. The satellite re-entered on March 2 2001 after 7 and half years of scientific observations. ASCA was the first satellite to use CCD detectors for X-ray astronomy.
Mission CharacteristicsLifetime : February 20, 1993 - March 2, 2001
Energy Range : 0.4 - 10 keV
Special Features : First X-ray mission to combine imaging capability with broad pass band, good spectral resolution, and a large effective area
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The HEASARC is hiring! - Applications are now being accepted for a scientist with significant experience and interest in the technical aspects of astrophysics research, to work in the HEASARC at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, MD. Refer to the AAS Job register for full details.