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Posted by on Jun 9, 2012 in Science |

NASA canceled X-ray telescope GEMS

NASA canceled X-ray telescope GEMS

Gravity and Extreme Magnetism The Small Explorer or for short in English, was a project to build a to study black holes and neutron stars, and was scheduled for completion in 2014. However, determined that the production cost was way over budget, which led to canceling the project.

According to inflation adjustments, GEMS would cost $ 119 million, not counting the money needed to put in orbit. Finally, independent analysis estimated it would cost between 20% and 30% more than estimated and that it would take much longer than had been predicted.

What the telescope could have done was to take measures distorted regions of space around black holes using X-ray polarization The expected results of these measurements were obtained to investigate the effects of black holes in space-time, and know that it happened in the super-strong magnetic fields near neutron stars and magnetars. It also aimed to demonstrate how cosmic rays are accelerated by shocks from supernova remnants.

Link: NASA X-ray telescope abandons mission (The Independent)

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