“NuSTAR” successfully launched by NASA

NuSTAR illustration (transparent background).pngNuSTAR (Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array)

NASA successfully launched NuSTAR

Launched from: Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands

Launched after a 2-stage aircraft-to-rocket takeoff


  • A space-based X-ray telescope that will use a Wolter telescope to focus high energy X-rays from astrophysical sources, especially for nuclear spectroscopy
  • The first space-based direct-imaging X-ray telescope at energies beyond those of the Chandra X-ray Observatory and XMM-Newton

Primary Objective:

  • Conducting a deep survey for black holes a billion times more massive than our sun,
  • Understanding how particles are accelerated to within a fraction of a percent of the speed of light in active galaxies,
  • Understanding how the elements are created in the explosions of massive stars by imaging the remains, which are called supernova remnants