Chandra Space Telescope

chandra_gcenter.jpg MISSION SUMMARY
Mission: Chandra X-Ray Observatory
Mission type: X-ray astrophysics
Launch date: July 1999
Launch vehicle: Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-93)
Orbit height: 16,000-133,000 km or 9,900-83,000 mi
Orbit period: 64.2 hours
Mission duration: Planned 5 years; Elapsed 11+ years
Status: Active
Overview: Chandra is sensitive to X-ray sources 100 times fainter than any previous X-ray telescope, due primarily to the high angular resolution of the Chandra mirrors. Since the Earth's atmosphere absorbs the vast majority of X-rays, they are not detectable from Earth-based telescopes, requiring a space-based telescope to make these observations.

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Chandra Science Fact Sheet.pdf

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