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24 September 2021
 
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The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) Mission
Fiona A. Harrison ; William W. Craig ; Finn E. Christensen ; Charles J. Hailey ; Will W. Zhang ; Steven E. Boggs ; Daniel Stern ; W. Rick Cook ; Karl Forster ; Paolo Giommi ; Brian W. Grefenstette ; Yunjin Kim ; Takao Kitaguchi ; Jason E Koglin ; Kristin K. Madsen ; Peter H. Mao ; Hiromasa Miyasaka ; Kaya Mori ; Matteo Perri ; Michael J. Pivovaroff ; Simonetta Puccetti ; Vikram R. Rana ; Niels J. Westergaard ; Jason Willis ; Andreas Zoglauer ; Hongjun An ; Matteo Bachetti ; Nicolas M. Barriere ; Eric C. Bellm ; Varun Bhalerao ; Nicolai F. Brejnholt ; Felix Fuerst ; Carl C. Liebe ; Craig B. Markwardt ; Melania Nynka ; Julia K. Vogel ; Dominic J. Walton ; Daniel R. Wik ; David M. Alexander ; Lynn R. Cominsky ; Ann E. Hornschemeier ; Allan Hornstrup ; Victoria M. Kaspi ; Greg M. Madejski ; Giorgio Matt ; Silvano Molendi ; David M. Smith ; John A. Tomsick ; Marco Ajello ; David R. Ballantyne ; Mislav Balokovic ; Diddier Barret ; Franz E. Bauer ; Roger D. Blandford ; W. Niel Brandt ; Laura W. Brenneman ; James Chiang ; Deepto Chakrabarty ; Jerome Chenevez ; Andrea Comastri ; Martin Elvis ; Andrew C. Fabian ; Duncan Farrah ; Chris L. Fryer ; Eric V. Gotthelf ; Jonathan E. Grindlay ; David J. Helfand ; Roman Krivonos ; David L. Meier ; Jon M. Miller ; Lorenzo Natalucci ; Patrick Ogle ; Eran O. Ofek ; Andrew Ptak ; Stephen P. Reynolds ; Jand R. Rigby ; Gianpiero Tagliaferri ; Stephen E. Thorsett ; Ezequiel Treister ; C. Megan Urry ;
Date 30 Jan 2013
AbstractThe Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) mission, launched on 13 June 2012, is the first focusing high-energy X-ray telescope in orbit. NuSTAR operates in the band from 3 -- 79 keV, extending the sensitivity of focusing far beyond the ~10 keV high-energy cutoff achieved by all previous X-ray satellites. The inherently low-background associated with concentrating the X-ray light enables NuSTAR to probe the hard X-ray sky with a more than one-hundred-fold improvement in sensitivity over the collimated or coded-mask instruments that have operated in this bandpass. Using its unprecedented combination of sensitivity, spatial and spectral resolution, NuSTAR will pursue five primary scientific objectives, and will also undertake a broad program of targeted observations. The observatory consists of two co-aligned grazing-incidence X-ray telescopes pointed at celestial targets by a three-axis stabilized spacecraft. Deployed into a 600 km, near-circular, 6degree inclination orbit, the Observatory has now completed commissioning, and is performing consistent with pre-launch expectations. NuSTAR is now executing its primary science mission, and with an expected orbit lifetime of ten years, we anticipate proposing a guest investigator program, to begin in Fall 2014.
Source arXiv, 1301.7307
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