Status Report

Chandra Digest 28 Sep 2001

By SpaceRef Editor
September 28, 2001
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Chandra Sheds Light on the Knotty Problem of the M87 Jet

NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has given astronomers their most
detailed look to date at the X-ray jet blasting out of the nucleus of
M87, a giant elliptical galaxy 50 million light years away in the
constellation Virgo.

Chandra’s New View of the Rosette Nebula

Colorful star-forming regions that have captivated stargazers since the
advent of the telescope 400 years ago contain gas thousands of times
more energetic than previously recognized, powered by colliding stellar
winds. This multimillion-degree gas radiated as X rays is one of the
long-sought sources of energy and elements in the Milky Way galaxy’s
interstellar medium.


**Chandra Chronicles: Chandra’s Mission Extended to 2009 –

September 4, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center announced that NASA
will extend Chandra’s current five year mission to ten years. “Adding
five more years of operation to Chandra’s mission will provide double
the opportunity for amazing discoveries,” said Chandra project scientist
Martin Weisskopf of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

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