NuSTAR Has Been Launched!

June 13, 2012 at 7:09 PM (astronomy topics, curious research, current news, extraterrestrial studies, historic review, science and technology, web gossip)

I think that it is always interesting to have the ability for exploring and studying the unknown, especially when it involves outer space. There is so much out there that is unexplored, unrealized, and beckons to the brain for some levels of observation. Surely, it is a good thing when N.A.S.A., along with related associations, can use their profits and tools for further educational and scientific acquisition.

The L-1011 Stargazer, controlled by Orbital Sciences Corporation, began a journey over The Kwajalein Atoll, of  The Marshall Islands, today. It’s payload is the rocket, Pegasus XL.  This rocket contains The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, NuSTAR.  The device will be used to review images of outer space at x-ray level.  Pegasus XL will be released from L-1011 Stargazer, continuing onward to it’s studies of the cosmos! 

NuSTAR will deploy it’s solar array, once it reaches it’s secure, space-travelling position.  This tool will serve as the power source for the spacecraft, intaking solar energy.  One week will pass before NuSTAR will open a thirty-three feet-wide solar boom.  This tool will give NuSTAR the ability to use x-ray emissions to collect images of outer space

The operators of NuSTAR expect to begin collecting images taken by the craft after thirty days of it having been in propulsion.  The two-year mission will collect images of spectacular space images that include black holes, collapsed stars, distant stars, and supernovae, all situated at points within our Milky Way.

The studies of supernovae will be of particular focus for NuSTAR.  The research will collect more detailed information about exactly what happens when supernovae occur.  Also, studies of these events is expected to provide additional insight to how stars form. 

NuSTAR will study further into what is happening within our galaxy.  Data about the structures of black holes, along with an attempted tally of collapsed stars throughout the galactic setting is expected to be collected.  More studies will include focuses on The Sun, and it’s emissions of x-rays.  These images from The Sun are anticipated to be the best taken, so far, by space-studying vessels.

It is by July that NuSTAR is expected to begin with detailed studies of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the core of The Milky Way.  The central black hole may be feasting upon unsuspecting planets, and NuSTAR will verify whether or not this actually is occurring.  Studying astronomers have observed that Sagittarius A* will “hiccup” every so often, indicating that it just snacked on some world that drifted to close!  It could have been a fart….

                                    Artist's Concept of NuSTAR in Orbit    



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