An era of space exploration ended on July 21, 2011 when Space Shuttle Atlantis touched down before dawn at Kennedy Space Center. The shuttle flights excited our imaginations and tragically revealed the dangers of space travel as mankind dipped its toes into the cosmic ocean. One of the most enduring legacies of the shuttle was established in the 1990's, when the shuttle delivered three of NASA's Great Observatories – Hubble Space Telescope, Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, and the Chandra X-ray Observatory – into space.
This year's releases present yet another collection of images and discoveries that are part of that legacy and illustrate how our view of the universe has been changed by Chandra’s X-ray observations of newly formed stars, supernova shock waves, neutron stars, black holes, starburst galaxies, and colliding clusters of galaxies.
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