NuStar X-ray Telescope launches over the South Pacific

The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuStar) is, a refrigerator-size telescope that today began a two-year hunt for black holes. It was launched in to its 350 miles orbit above Earth onboard a Pegasus XL rocket. It is the first X-ray telescope to actually be able to X-rays allowing it to produce the sharpest X-ray images of the universe ever.

The Pegasus XL rocket carrying NuStar was launched from an airplane that flew out of the Kwajalein Atoll, At 40,000 feet above the equator where the rocket was then drop before firing its engines. It is schedulable deploy its instruments in about a week.



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