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NuSTAR Media Teleconference


Omar Baez
Launch Director, Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Grace Baird
NuSTAR Bus Chief Engineer, Orbital Sciences Corporation, Dulles, Va.

Fiona Harrison
Principal Investigator for NuSTAR, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.

Bill Craig
Instrument Manager for NuSTAR, University of California, Berkeley


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Video showing a previous Pegasus launch from Orbital Sciences Corporation's L-1011 "Stargazer" plane.
Image credit: Orbital Sciences Corporation


Assembling NuSTAR Engineers in the final stages of assembling NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, at Orbital Sciences Corporation in Dulles, Va., January 2012. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Orbital
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Orbital plane The carrier plane that will give NuSTAR and its rocket a lift to their airborne launch site is seen here at sunrise on Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCB
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Artist's animation depicting the activity surrounding a black hole at the heart of a galaxy.
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A comparison demonstrating NuSTAR's improved ability to find distant, hidden black holes› Full image and caption
A comparison demonstrating NuSTAR's improved ability to find distant, hidden black holes.

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Cassiopeia A This stunning false-color picture shows off the many sides of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Artist's concept of NuSTAR› Full image and caption
An artist's concept of the NuSTAR observatory. Its nested mirrors reside at the end of at 33-foot (10-meter) mast, allowing them to focus X-rays onto detectors at the other end.


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An artist's animation showing the deployment of NuSTAR's lengthy mast, an event expected to take place about one week after launch.


NuSTAR data› Larger view

NuSTAR data› Larger view
The bottom image simulates how NuSTAR will see the center of our Milky Way galaxy compared to views from ESA's Integral, shown at top. NuSTAR will have much improved sensitivity and resolution over space telescopes operating at similar high-energy X-ray bands. This will allow the observatory to get more detailed information on black holes and other exotic objects. The Integral mission was designed to study the high-energy sky with both X-rays and ever higher-energy gamma rays.