ASTRO-E was to be the Japan’s fifth X-ray astronomy mission, but was unfortunately lost during launch (10 Feb 2000). Astro-E was developed at the Japanese Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) in collaboration with the US and Japanese institutions. Astro-E was to carry, among other instruments, a new type of X-ray spectrometer, the X-ray micro-calorimenter, which provides an unprecendent energy resolution compared to non-dispersive instruments.The mission was rebuild as ASTRO-E2, renamed Suzaku, that was successfully launched in 2005 and operated for 10 years.
Mission CharacteristicsLifetime : early 2000 - (XRS has a 2 year lifetime)
Energy Range : 0.4-700 keV
Special Features : First X-ray micro-calorimeter in space
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