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A Tour of J0045+41 in M31
A Tour of J0045+41 in M31
An intriguing source has been discovered in the nearby Andromeda galaxy using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ground-based optical telescopes. (2017-11-30)
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Recent discoveries and updates of the Chandra mission in video and audio formats.

From First Light to Eighth Anniversary (08-24-2007)
Chandra's launch aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia on July 23, 1999, was obviously a very important event. However, you might say it wasn't until about a month later that the Chandra mission really got started. In late August, after weeks of getting the spacecraft into the correct orbit and testing out various aspects of the satellite, Chandra was ready for its debut to the public. This was Chandra's First Light. Chandra's director, Dr. Harvey Tananbaum, explains the significance of that early image.

- Related Links:
--  Cassiopeia A

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How It All Started (07-26-2007)
Just after midnight on July 23, 1999, the Space Shuttle Columbia launched in orbit with the heaviest payload ever carried by a shuttle. Its precious cargo was the Chandra X-ray Observatory, which has helped revolutionize our understanding of the Universe.

- Related Links:
--  STS-93 - Chandra Deployment Mission

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Putting Chandra In Its Place (07-27-2006)
How the Chandra X-ray Observatory fits into the modern astronomer's toolkit. Chandra is one of NASA's "Great Observatories". The Great Observatories were four missions selected by NASA to explore different types of radiation and really tackle the biggest questions in astronomy.


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Chandra, Not Your Backyard Telescope (06-09-2006)
X-ray telescopes like Chandra are not like the telescopes you find in backyards or at the local observatory. In addition to being above the Earth's atmosphere, they need to have special mirrors to detect the X-rays that pass through most objects.


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How Chandra Does What It Does (05-11-2006)
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, in orbit since 1999, studies the high-energy Universe, where black holes, exploding stars, and mysterious matter hold sway.


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