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Q&A: X-ray Astronomy

Q:
Could you describe the differences between the technology of the Chandra and Suzaku (Astro-EII) missions?

A:
With Susaku the focus is on spectroscopy, from soft (low energy) X-rays up to gamma-rays. With Chandra the focus is more on imaging in the relatively soft part of the X-ray spectrum. So, the two missions complement each other well.

Our web-site (http://chandra.harvard.edu/about/) has more details about the technical aspects of the mission. Please see these two websites for more details about Suzaku:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/astro-e2/main/index.html http://www.jaxa.jp/projects/sat/astro_e2/index_e.html

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