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NASA Celebrates Six Years of Amazing Space Discoveries by Chandra X-ray Observatory
Steve Roy
Marshall Space Flight Center
Huntsville, Alabama
(Phone: 256.544.0034)

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NASA Celebrates Six Years of Amazing Space Discoveries by Chandra X-ray Observatory

  • In August 1999, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory opened for business.
  • During the past year Chandra imaged auroras from Jupiter and X-rays from Saturn, and shed new light on the early days of our solar system with an unprecedented view of the Orion Nebula.
  • Chandra also discovered a black hole eruption -- the most powerful ever recorded in the universe -- which has lasted for 100 million years and is still going.
  • The bus-size, six-ton spacecraft continues to unlock mysteries of the universe as it travels one-third of the way to the Moon every 64 hours in its egg-shaped, Earth orbit.
  • One scientist has devoted almost 30 years of his life and career to the Chandra project. Talk with him about the exciting discoveries, and what lies ahead for Chandra.
Who: Dr. Martin Weisskopf, Chief Scientist, Chandra Program, Marshall Space Flight Center

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