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October 6, 2014
NASA Holds Teleconference on NuSTAR Discovery


NASA will host a news teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 8, to announce new findings from its Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) mission. The results describe an unusual source of X-rays that will leave theorists scratching their heads, but also will help astronomers learn more about how black holes and galaxies are formed.

Details of the findings are under embargo by the journal Nature until 1 p.m. Oct. 8.

Participants in the teleconference are:
-- Paul Hertz, director of astrophysics division, NASA Headquarters, Washington;
-- Fiona Harrison, NuSTAR principal investigator, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena;
-- Matteo Bachetti, astronomer, University of Toulouse, France; and,
-- Jeanette Gladstone, astronomer, University of Alberta, Canada.

For dial-in information, media should e-mail their name, affiliation and telephone number to Felicia Chou at felicia.chou@nasa.gov.

Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live at:


Visuals will be posted at the start of the event at:


For more information on NuSTAR, visit:



Felicia Chou
Headquarters, Washington                                                                                     

Whitney Clavin
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

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Artist's concept of NuSTAR
Artist's concept of NuSTAR on orbit. NuSTAR has a 10-m (30') mast that deploys after launch to separate the optics modules (right) from the detectors in the focal plane (left). The spacecraft, which controls NuSTAR's pointings, and the solar panels are with the focal plane. NuSTAR has two identical optics modules in order to increase sensitivity. The background is an image of the Galactic center obtained with the Chandra X-ray Observatory.
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