Nasa Telescope 'To Open New Window On Universe'
Nasa is launching a new telescope designed to study black holes and the sun that could "open a whole new window on the universe".
The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, is scheduled to launch no earlier than June 13 from Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean.
Fiona Harrison, the NuSTAR principal investigator at the California Institute of Technology, said it will be the first space telescope to create focused images of high-energy cosmic X-rays.
"NuSTAR will make images that are ten times crisper and a hundred times more sensitive than any telescope that has operated in this region of the spectrum," she said.
The mission will work with other telescopes in space to provide a more complete picture of the most energetic and exotic objects, such as black holes and dead stars stars.
"NuSTAR uses several innovations for its unprecedented imaging capability and was made possible by many partners," said Yunjin Kim, the project manager for the mission at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
"We're all really excited to see the fruition of our work begin its mission in space."