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NASA NuSTAR Mission Going To Hunt Black Holes; Starting Today!

Question asked by Ankita Katdare in #Coffee Room on Jun 13, 2012
Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare · Jun 13, 2012
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NASA engineers are all set for launching their all-new space telescope called NuSTAR (Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array) today. This $165 million, two-year mission is aimed at searching the black holes in the universe by doing a scan of the X-ray light at never before reached higher energies. NuStar, which is taking off from the Kwajalein Atoll in the South Pacific, is set on the top of an unmanned Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL rocket, which will be carried into launch position by an L-1011 "Stargazer" jet aircraft.

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Black Holes have fascinated scientists and space engineers for years, because of their mysterious nature. NuSTAR will be an attempt from NASA to reveal these mysteries by finding the exact working of black holes. The space telescope will find the high-energy regions in our universe and track the locations where matter is falling onto black holes, as well as the leftovers from dead stars after they've exploded in supernovas.

NASA will webcast the launch of NuSTAR live online beginning at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT). You can watch the launch live here. Posted in: #Coffee Room

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