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Winners TYREL JOHNSON & JATILA VAN DER VEEN
-Winners of the Chandra-Naming Contest-
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?


On April 18, 1998, NASA announced a contest to name the Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF), which was scheduled for launch in December of that year. The launch date slipped about 8 months, but the contest went on as scheduled, attracting more than 6,000 entries, from 50 states and 61 countries.

The co-winners, chosen on the basis of their tie-breaking essays (55 other people picked Chandra) were Jatila van der Veen, a physics and astronomy teacher at Adolfo Camarillo High School in Camarillo, California, and Tyrel Johnson, a tenth grade student at Priest River Lamanna High School in Priest River, Idaho. Full Story
Chandra Status

A real-time procedure was executed on Apr 2 to perform a routine self-check of the Electrical Interface Assembly (EIA) Sequencer. [more]

Chandra Blog

Professional and Amateur Astronomers Join Forces
[23 Apr 14]
We are perhaps living in the midst of a new "Golden Age" of astronomy. In the four hundred years since Galileo first trained his refracting optical telescope on the...
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Spotlight On
M101

M101 [04/23/2014]
Four images of galaxies that have been made using data from both amateur and professional telescopes.

Chandra Podcasts
Space Scoop: Sweeping Supernovas

Take Chandra anywhere! Just download Chandra Podcasts to your portable MP3 player and go. Now playing: Space Scoop: Sweeping Supernovas

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30 Doradus

Cepheus B: A cloud of molecular hydrogen in the Milky Way about 2,400 light years from Earth. Download Desktop.

Mirror Man
Mirror Man
Less than 50 years after the first detection of an extrasolar X-ray source, the Chandra X-ray Observatory has achieved an increase in sensitivity comparable to going from naked-eye observations to the most powerful optical telescopes over the past 400 years.Full Story.
CDFS
Chandra in 2012: A Teenager in Space
In July of 2012, Chandra completed its 13th year of operation, making it a teenager. That is young in human terms, but it is getting up there for an automobile, and could be considered a "senior citizen" for a spacecraft of Chandra's complexity. Full Story.
SN 1979C
Look Back Time -- Remembering Franco
The finite speed of light means that we must always be out of date, no matter how hard we strive to keep up with the times. The term look-back time refers to the time in the past when the light we now observe from a distant object was emitted. Full Story.
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M81 Whirlpool Galaxy Centaurus A G352.7-0.1 El Gordo DEM L241

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An overview of the Chandra mission and goals, Chandra's namesake, top 10 facts.
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Overview of X-ray Astronomy and X-ray sources: black holes to galaxy clusters.
All Chandra images released to the public listed by date & by category
Current Chandra press releases, status reports, interviews & biographies.
A collection of multimedia, illustrations & animations, a glossary, FAQ & more.

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