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Suzaku Guest Observer Facility

About Suzaku

Suzaku (formerly Astro-E2) is Japan's fifth X-ray Astronomy mission. It was developed at the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (ISAS/JAXA), Japan, in collaboration with U.S. (NASA/GSFC, MIT) and Japanese institutions, and launched on 2005 July 10. Suzaku is the recovery mission for ASTRO-E, which did not achieve orbit during launch in February 2000.

Suzaku covers the energy range 0.2 - 700 keV with the three instruments: an X-ray micro-calorimeter (X-ray Spectrometer, or XRS), four X-ray CCDs (the X-ray Imaging Spectrometers, or XISs), and a hard X-ray detector, or HXD. However, XRS prematurely lost all its liquid helium cryogen and is no longer perative.

Suzaku has four foil X-ray telescopes (XRTs) focusing X-rays onto each of the four XISs, along with a fifth XRT used with the XRS. The US has contributed to the XRTs, the XRS, and the XISs.

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