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
Untangling the Remains of Cassiopeia A NASA's NuSTAR Untangles Mystery of How Stars Explode

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Artist's concept of NuSTAR on orbit. NASA Hosts Media Teleconference About Supernovas

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High-Energy X-ray View of  'Hand of God' Dead Star and Distant Black Holes Dazzle in X-Rays

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