SSU Program Updates. July 26, 2010 Professor Lynn Cominsky. Current SSU Missions. Fermi (formerly GLAST) - launched June 11, 2008 – nominal mission is 5 years – Project Scientist Julie McEnery will update Swift – launched November 20, 2004 XMM-Newton – launched December, 1999
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SSU Program Updates
July 26, 2010
Professor Lynn Cominsky
By NASA’s Stefan Immler
XRT image shown in red to yellow colors.
The UVOT saw nothing unusual.
Blue is radio jet
Red is X-ray emitting gas
Green is galaxy
Copenhagen (DTU-Space): optics coating
depth graded Pt/SiC and W/Si coatings
GSFC: optics slumping
>50% of flight substrates produced
similar to planned IXO process
measured figure: 20”-30”
ATK/Goleta: extendable mast
fully deployed flight mast
Columbia: optics assembly
expected performance: 43” (HPD), 7.5” (FWHM)
Caltech: focal plane
NuSTAR Baseline Science Plan (2 yr)
Objective #1: How are black holes distributed through the cosmos, and how do they affect the formation of galaxies?
Objective #2: How are stellar remnants distributed within the Galaxy and near the Galactic center?
Objective #3: How do stars explode and forge the elements that compose the Earth?
Objective #4: What powers the most extreme active galactic nuclei?
~6 months of unallocated science observing time in first 2 years for ToO’s, additional programs, and/or to respond to primary program