Kibo module and MAXI all-sky simulation
Credit: left: NASDA; right: JAXA

Hope for the ISS

One of the main objectives of the STS 127 mission is the installation of Japan's first human space facility on the International Space Station. This facility, called "Kibo" (Japanese for hope) allows astronauts to perform experiments focussed on space medicine, biology, Earth observations, material production, biotechnology and communications research. Kibo consists of two research facilities -- the Pressurized Module which allows astronauts to directly perform experiments within it, and the Exposed Facility, which allows astronauts to mount experiments exposed to the vacuum of space. The image above left shows an artist's conception of Kibo, showing the Pressurized Module and the Exposed Facility. One of the first experiments to be mounted on the Exposed Facility is MAXI, the Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image. MAXI is an All-sky X-ray scanner, which consists of X-ray slit cameras with high sensitivity. MAXI will continuously monitor astronomical X-ray objects over the broad energy range 0.5 to 30 keV. The image on the right shows a simulation of a 5-month scan of the entire high-energy sky with MAXI.
Published: July 20, 2009

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