Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array

Mission Summary

The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, mission will study the universe in high energy X-rays to better understand the dynamics of black holes, exploding stars and the most extreme active galaxies.

In addition to complimenting astrophysics missions studying the universe in various spectra, NuSTAR, the first hard-focusing X-ray telescope to orbit Earth, is expected to greatly improve on observations from ground-based observatories.

Acronym: NuSTAR
Type: Orbiter
Status: Current
Launch Date: June 13, 2012
9 a.m. PDT (4 UTC)DT)
Launch Location: Central Pacific Ocean (aircraft launch)
Target: Universe
Powerful, Pulsating Core of Star Pulse of a Dead Star Powers Intense Gamma Rays

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