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Space Mission: NuSTAR

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli By: Caleb Florence NASA Mission: NuSTAR The mission objective of NuSTAR (NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array)
1. Search for Black Holes
2. Map super nova explosions
3. Study the most extreme active galaxies
4. Take a census of collapsed stars and black holes of different sizes by surveying regions surrounding the center of our own Milky Way and perform deep observations of the extragalactic sky
NuSTAR was launched on June 13, 2012. NuSTAR reached orbit after being attached to the Orbital Sciences Corporation Pegasus XL which was attached to the L-1011 known as "Stargazer". (Mission Overview & Launch) Mission Objective: One of the goals of the mission was to understand what powers relativistic jets of particles from the most extreme active galaxies hosting supermassive black holes. Also, NASA hopes to offer opportunities for a broad range of science investigations, ranging from probing cosmic ray origins to studying the extreme physics around collapsed stars to mapping microflares on the surface of the sun. NuSTAR will also respond to targets of opportunity including supernova and gamma-ray bursts. (Mission Overview) What was Achieved and Learned from the Mission NuSTAR has a great structured process to achieve a successful project implementation.
Project Management
Installation and Configuration
Functionality Testing
User Acceptance Testing
Customer Sign Off and Documentation
Implementation and Integration services are crucial to the success of NuSTAR along with any other operation.
(NuSTAR Technoligies) How this Mission was Implemented 5 Cool Facts about NASA's NuSTAR X-Ray Telescope
It's a transformer- when it safely reaches orbit, it extends its arm 10 meters (33 feet) to take clear pictures of our Milky Way.
It's the most powerful X-ray telescope ever
It was launched from an airplane (Stargazer)
NuSTAR will teach us about the building blocks of our bodies
The information learned from NuSTAR could lead to important advances in medical imaging technology
(The Daily Beast: Science) Other Facts Works Cited Images The first snapshot NuSTAR with the highest-energy x-rays in the cosmos (lower right), producing images that are much crisper than previous high-energy telescopes (upper right) NuSTAR chose the black hole Cygnus due to its brightness. The many missions used to take pictures of our solar system. (Science Direct: Multi Colour Eyes) NuSTAR was so big because of its deployable mast that stretched 3 meters Works Cited

CNN. "NASA Launches NuSTAR Satellite over Pacific Ocean." YouTube. YouTube, 13 June 2012. Web. 03 Oct. 2012. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GksZZqwVYo>.

"NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration." NASA. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Oct. 2012. <http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/nustar/main/index.html>.

"NuSTAR - Home." NuSTAR - Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Oct. 2012. <http://www.nustar.caltech.edu/>.

"NuSTAR to Drop From Plane and Rocket Into Space." - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Oct. 2012. <http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2012-169>.
"Why Won't the Supernova Explode? - NASA Science." Why Won't the Supernova Explode? - NASA Science. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Oct. 2012. <http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/07jan_nustar/>
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