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Chandra Chronicles

Since its launch on July 23, 1999, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory has been NASA's flagship mission for exciting and new X-ray astronomy projects. The project is overseen by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and visitors can start by clicking on the "About" area to learn about Chandra's mission, and also learn about the man behind the Observatory's name, Nobel-Prize winning physicist...
Chandra Peers Into Outer Space

NASA's newest space telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, was launched into orbit only two months ago. Named for the late Indian-American Nobel laureate, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, the Chandra Observatory is already providing scientists with the first "X-ray images and spectra of violent, high-temperature events and objects." In addition to their sheer mystique, these color images increase...
Chandra X-Ray Observatory Center

This week, Space Shuttle mission STS-93 deployed the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, the world's most powerful X-Ray telescope. The third of NASA's "Great Observatories," the Chandra X-Ray Observatory will study X-Rays rather than visible light (the Hubble Space Telescope) or gamma rays (the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory). This site offers overviews and news of the Observatory and its mission. Operated...
Chandra X-Ray Observatory Educational Materials

NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory Web site (last mentioned in the January 17, 2001 Scout Report for Science & Engineering ) offers an extensive Educational Materials links page. Formal educational materials are available such as lessons and activities, as well as general information pages, interactive and printable games, and more. One high school activity, for example, demonstrates Supernova...
Scientist Finds 2-in-1 Burster: Pulsar Goes Off Twice Each Orbit

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Marshall Space Flight Center recently announced the discovery of GROJ2058+42, an accreting X-ray pulsar with no visible component. The discovery was made by MSFC scientist Colleen Wilson while she was reviewing data obtained from the Burst and Transient Source Experiment (BATSE). The data showed that J2058+42 experiences two gamma ray bursts...

From NASA, Skyview is a virtual observatory which allows users to view images of any part of the sky "in all regimes from Radio to Gamma-Ray." Users can employ a variety of interfaces to enter a desired position, scale, and orientation. By calculating the coordinates it receives, Skyview returns a made-to-order image of a specific portion of the night sky. Interfaces include Non-Astronomer, Basic,...
The Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer Project

The Center for Space Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology provides this site with data and other information from the Rossini X-Ray Timing Explorer (XTE) Mission's High Energy X-ray Timing Experiment (HEXTE). Visitors to the site can access recent, raw light curve data (HTML) using the ASM (All-Sky Monitor) Data Extraction Form into which source name, coordinates, start and stop...
XMM-Newton Education and Public Outreach

"XMM-Newton is a joint NASA-European Space Agency (ESA) orbiting observatory, designed to take observe high energy X-rays emitted from exotic astronomical objects such as pulsars, black holes and active galaxies." Educators can find numerous classroom materials including a ruler illustrating many of the X-ray images obtained by XMM-Newton, an activity and background material for the Supernova... Science News from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory

On July 20, 1999, Science@NASA released, which features science news and information about x-ray astronomy and the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The Chandra X-ray Observatory was to be launched with Space Shuttle Columbia on July 20th, but technical concerns have delayed the launch until July 22nd. is meant to be a hub for all information and resources pertaining...