|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.
How many computers do you have that are 13 years old? Chandra's magnificent sister NASA flagship observatory, Hubble, is older, at 22, but astronauts have paid 4 house calls to make major upgrades over the years. Full Story
The schedule of targets for the next week is shown below and includes an observation of GRB 130502B, which was accepted as a Target of Opportunity on May 7, and a follow-up observation of a new magnetar, which was accepted as a Target of Opportunity on Apr 26. [more]
SGR 0418+5729 [05/23/2013]
A magnetar located in our galaxy, about 6,500 light years from Earth.
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Cepheus B: A cloud of molecular hydrogen in the Milky Way about 2,400 light years from Earth. Download Desktop.
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