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Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 in Science |

NASA will study black holes with the space telescope NuSTAR

NASA will study black holes with the space telescope NuSTAR

/ JPL-Caltech

What if the solution to the problem of interstellar travel is inside a black hole? Perhaps NASA scientists have been asked this a hundred times, and even striking that so little has been investigated on this stellar event in recent years, where progress has been made in looking for new celestial objects and its characteristics.

At noon today, NASA launched in economy class, the X-ray telescope (Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array), with a mission to uncover black holes hiding behind the gravitational concentration attracts all to its core.

We say that was released in economy class because the rocket traveled NuSTAR Pegasus XL owned by Orbital Sciences Corporation and carried in the belly of a Lockheed L-1011. At an altitude of 11,900 meters was released in the Kwajalein Atoll (Marshall Islands, Pacific Ocean) and activated its rockets to begin the journey to their final destination.

This type of launches from aircraft are much cheaper than those made from the ground, as it requires less fuel to provide enough force to overcome the force of gravity. NuSTAR is one of the missions planned in the Small Explorer program for NASA science missions budget.

The telescope has a resolution that allows you to capture the energy of X rays of light emanating from space, enough to see through the gas and dust that covers the black holes.

In addition to this mission, the telescope will be responsible for analyzing stars dead or explosion process, to know in better detail the functioning and evolution of our sun

Be 100% operational in a month, when NASA and work program be submitted to the telescope and then be analyzed by experts, so we’ll have to wait a while for results and new insights into one of the celestial objects strangest of our known universe.

Link: NASA’s Black-Hole-Hunting Telescope NuSTAR Been Launched (PopSci)

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