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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


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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
The only Black Hole they are likely to discover is the one swallowing up Billions of Dollars! 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
And what mountain of evidence do you base that piece of wisdom on? 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
Well Waspie Dwarf as is frequently the case with modern theoretical physics you ask more questions than you post answers. 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
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? 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 wi... [More]
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
NuSTAR Strapped to its Plane http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r193/Waspie_Dwarf/7db515d9.jpg NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, is now perched atop its Pegasus XL rocket, strapped to the plane that will carry the mission to an airborne launch. Launch is scheduled for June 13, no earlier than 8:30 a.m. PDT (11:30 a.m. EDT). plane -- the L-1011 "Stargazer" aircraft -- is now at Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California. It is scheduled to fly to Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean from June 5 to 6. About an hour before launch, the plane will lift off from t... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 5 June, 2012, 21:23
Pegasus rocket sets sail to launch NASA telescope Slung beneath the belly of its L-1011 carrier jet, a three-stage Pegasus XL rocket and its NASA space telescope payload flew away from Vandenberg Air Force Base Tuesday afternoon en route to a distant atoll in the equatorial Pacific where the launch will originate next week.The fully assembled rocket left its home port at 12:58 p.m. local (3:58 p.m. EDT; 1958 GMT) destined for the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, part of the U.S. Army's vast missile range in the central Pacific Ocean. "This is the only air-launched vehicle in the world ... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by ghostfreak7197 on 6 June, 2012, 14:19
NASA Preparing to Launch its Newest X-Ray Eyes PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, is being prepared for the final journey to its launch pad on Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean. The mission will study everything from massive black holes to our own sun. It is scheduled to launch no earlier than June 13. "We will see the hottest, densest and most energetic objects with a fundamentally new, high-energy X-ray telescope that can obtain much deeper and crisper images than before," said Fiona Harrison, the NuSTAR principal investigator at the Calif... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 8 June, 2012, 14:30
NuSTAR Arrives at Island Launch Site The plane that will carry NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array(NuSTAR) and its rocket to their airborne launch site arrives at Kwajalein Atoll, a coral island located midway between Hawaii and Australia. Image credit: Orbital Sciences Corporation. NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, and its rocket flew above the palm trees to arrive at their launch location at the U.S. Army's Reagan test site at Kwajalein Atoll. Kwajalein, located midway between Hawaii and Australia, is one of the world's largest atolls -- coral islands with lag... [More]


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