Press Release

10 Years of Exploration with Chandra X-Ray Observatory

By SpaceRef Editor
August 11, 2009
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What: NASA is preparing to celebrate the 10th anniversary of “first light” for the Chandra X-ray Observatory — its first use to capture astronomical imagery on Aug. 19, 1999. On Aug. 12, key Chandra project leaders and researchers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will gather at the National Space Science & Technology Center in Huntsville to discuss the observatory’s science accomplishments and program status.

The Chandra X-ray Observatory is celebrating 10 years of exploring the invisible universe. Chandra enables scientist from around the world to obtain unprecedented X-ray images of exotic environments to help understand the evolution of the cosmos. The observatory not only helps to probe these mysteries, but also serves as a unique tool to study detailed physics in a laboratory that cannot be replicated on Earth. For more information:

10 Years of Exploration with Chandra X-ray Observatory

Who: Chandra project scientist Dr. Martin Weisskopf Chandra program manager Keith Hefner

When & Where: 1:30 p.m. CDT, Aug. 12

When & Where: Room 4078, National Space Science & Technology Center 320 Sparkman Drive

To attend: News media interested in covering the event should contact Janet Anderson in the Marshall Public and Employee Communications Office at 256-544-0034 no later than 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12. Media should report to the NSSTC lobby by 1 p.m.

SpaceRef staff editor.