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NuSTAR Picks Up First Black Hole X-ray Flare Up
2012-10-24 10:43:45

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has spotted its first flare from Milky Way's black hole. The new telescope, launched June 13, is the only telescope capable of producing focused images of the highest-energy X-rays, and NASA said it has caught its first look at the black hole. "We got lucky to have captured an outburst from the black hole during our observing campaign," Fiona Harrison, the mission's...

2012-10-23 15:20:21

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's newest set of X-ray eyes in the sky, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), has caught its first look at the giant black hole parked at the center of our galaxy. The observations show the typically mild-mannered black hole during the middle of a flare-up. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "We got lucky to have captured an outburst from the black hole during our observing campaign," said...

NuSTAR Marks 100 Days
2012-09-22 07:03:11

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Saturday marks the 100th day since the launching of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), officials from the U.S. space agency have confirmed. Since being launched into space from the L-1011 Stargazer aircraft on Wednesday, June 13, NuSTAR has "been busy making its first observations of black holes, super-dense dead stars and the glowing remains of exploded stars," NASA officials noted in a Friday statement....

Scotch Tape Inspires X-ray Telescope Design
2012-07-27 11:57:46

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While some find it as the source of inspiration for wrapping gifts, Scotch tape inspired one scientist at NASA to build a special X-ray mirror. NASA scientist Maxim Markevitch and a team of X-ray optics experts at the space agency's Goddard Space Flight Center are looking into the feasibility of creating a low-cost mirror out of plastic tape. "I remember looking at a roll of Scotch tape and thinking, 'was it possible to use the same...

NuSTAR Produces First Test Images
2012-06-29 13:09:03

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA said on Thursday that its Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has taken its first test images of a high-energy X-ray universe. The observatory is the first space telescope with the ability to focus high-energy X-rays, which are the same kind used by doctors and dentists, into images. The mission will begin with exploring hidden black holes, specifically looking for fiery cinder balls left over from star explosions....

NuSTAR To Help Scientists Solve Supernova Explosion Mystery
2012-06-18 04:01:37

[ Watch the Video ] Somewhere in the Milky Way, a massive old star is about to die a spectacular death. As its nuclear fuel runs out, the star begins to collapse under its own tremendous weight. Crushing pressure triggers new nuclear reactions, setting the stage for a terrifying blast. And then... nothing happens. At least that's what supercomputers have been telling astrophysicists for decades. Many of the best computer models of supernovas fail to produce an explosion. At the end of...

2012-06-13 10:20:26

ARLINGTON, Va., June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) supported the successful launch of an Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) air-launched Pegasus XL® rocket from the Ronald Reagan Test Site at Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. The Pegasus rocket carried NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) satellite, an Orbital-built spacecraft designed to study high energy X-rays in the universe. ATK provided propulsion for all three stages, many of the composite...

2012-06-13 06:20:54

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) launched into the morning skies over the central Pacific Ocean at noon EDT (9 a.m. PDT) Wednesday, beginning its mission to unveil secrets of buried black holes and other exotic objects. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "We all eagerly await the launch of this novel X-ray observatory," said Paul Hertz, NASA's Astrophysics Division Director. "With...

NuSTARinSpace
2012-06-13 11:29:59

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com Commercialized space industry has taken another step in collaboration with NASA as the space agency's NuSTAR telescope launched Wednesday morning. NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) was launched in a unique way by The Orbital Science Corporation's "Stargazer" plane. Stargazer took off from Kwajalein Atoll, and released its Pegasus rocket, which carried NASA's NuSTAR the rest of the way towards space. "Pegasus is our most unique...

2012-06-13 02:20:54

BRISTOL, Pa., June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- When NASA's NuSTAR probe settles into orbit above the Earth to study black holes and supernovas, DUNMORE Corporation multi-layer insulation (MLI) materials will protect its sensitive instruments and circuitry from extreme outer space conditions. NuSTAR (Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array) was launched today by a jet aircraft that carried it, mounted on a Pegasus Xl rocket, to an altitude of 40,000 feet. The rocket boosted NuSTAR into orbit above...