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NASA's NuSTAR gearing up for launch

Posted on Wednesday, 23 May, 2012 | Comment icon 10 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf

Image credit: NASA

By Offeiriad, Staff News Writer

A new satellite is set to be launched in to orbit in an effort to hunt for hidden black holes in space.

The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, a joint venture between the California Institute of Technology and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will be launching in to space on June 1st. The University of California at Berkeley will be the main operator with the Italian Space Agency providing an equatorial ground station in Kenya.

The two year mission of the NuSTAR will be to take a census of collapsed stars and black holes, map recently-synthesized material in young supernova remnants and to understand what powers relativistic jets of particles from the most extreme active galaxies hosting supermassive black holes.

"Final pre-launch preparations are underway for NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Erudite Celt on 31 May, 2012, 23:30
The only Black Hole they are likely to discover is the one swallowing up Billions of Dollars!
Comment icon #2 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 31 May, 2012, 23:50
And what mountain of evidence do you base that piece of wisdom on?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Erudite Celt on 1 June, 2012, 2:24
Well Waspie Dwarf as is frequently the case with modern theoretical physics you ask more questions than you answer. I'd rather see fleets of rovers and probes on the terrestrial bodies of our solar system than see billions wasted on theories that can never be realistically or definably proved. I totally understand the concept of black hole theory which paradoxically means you can't prove it.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 1 June, 2012, 2:58
Yes, but at least in modern theoretical physics there is some point to the questions and an attempt to answer them. I have yet to see any point to either of your posts in this topic so far. So I ask again, on what do you base your claim that this satellite is unlikely to find any black holes?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Erudite Celt on 1 June, 2012, 3:26
Come back and slag me of publicly when you find the Higgs. It was on these very pages that you and many others proudly predicted it's discovery a few years back was it not? Still waiting...waiting.......waiting.........waiting. According to modern theory I could go on ad infinitum, but only one problem with that theory.....divide infinity by infinity. When you come back with an answer I will bow to your superior ideas of intellect!
Comment icon #6 Posted by pallidin on 1 June, 2012, 13:03
Will be great to see their findings!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 5 June, 2012, 20:33
Comment icon #8 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 5 June, 2012, 21:23
Comment icon #9 Posted by ghostfreak7197 on 6 June, 2012, 14:19
image of NuStar's mirrors at
Comment icon #10 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 8 June, 2012, 14:30

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