Modern Instruments and Gear Utilized to Study the Stars

We are living in some truly interesting times. With continuing scientific breakthroughs in many fields, the promise of a bright future filled with awe looms ever forward. As new instruments replace their older counterparts and innovated methods are introduced, our understanding of the Cosmos is destined to change.

 

Hubble Space Telescope (HST)

Twenty-nine years ago, the Hubble Space Telescope launched into orbit, beginning one of NASA’s greatest missions that completely altered the way our civilization views the Cosmos. The first of NASA’s Great Observatories, Hubble launched on April 24, 1990 aboard the...

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Spitzer Space Telescope (SST)

The Spitzer Space Telescope (SST) is an infrared space telescope launched in 2003, its mission ongoing. It is the final installation of NASA’s Great Observatories Program, following the Hubble Space Telescope, Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, and the Chandra X-ray...

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NASA’s Europa Clipper

The Europa Clipper is a spacecraft under construction set to launch in 2023 to orbit Europa, one of Jupiter’s most intriguing moons. During its mission, the orbiter will observe and analyze Europa, to determine whether the giant ice ball possess all the ideal...

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Chandra X-Ray Observatory (CXO)

The Chandra X-ray Observatory (CXO) is a space observatory launched on STS-93 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 23, 1999, its mission ongoing to the present day. Designed to detect x-ray emissions from extremely hot regions of space including galaxy...

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XMM Newton Space Observatory

XMM Newton, also referred to as the High Throughput X-ray Spectroscopy Mission or the X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission, is an X-ray Observatory launched on December 10, 1999 from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana, France on an Ariane 5 rocket. The mission is operated...

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NASA’s New Horizons

Launched as a part of NASA’s New Frontiers program aimed at researching the region of our solar system beyond Pluto, New Horizons is an interplanetary space probe responsible for conducting flybys of some of our solar system’s most distant objects. Engineers at the...

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OSIRIS-REx

The OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) is a major NASA spacecraft whose primary mission involves asteroid study and sample retention. It will also assist in the New Horizons Mission, which aims to...

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The Parker Solar Probe

Launched on August 12, 2018, the Parker Solar Probe is a robotic spacecraft headed to probe and examine the Sun's outer corona. The project was announced in 2009, marking humanity's first mission to a star. The Parker Solar Probe will orbit within 4 million miles of...

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Kepler

Kepler is NASA’s premier space observatory tasked with discovering Earth-sized planets in the milky way galaxy. Launched on March 7, 2009, Kepler surveys our corner of the Milky Way searching for earth-sized exoplanets that lie within the habitable zone of their star....

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The James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a large infrared telescope scheduled to be launched into Earth's atmosphere in the Spring of 2019. Replacing the Hubble Space Telescope, Webb will serve as the premiere space observatory, studying the history of the universe...

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The Hubble Telescope

In April 1990, the Hubble Observatory was deployed into Space, making the most significant advancement in astronomy since Galileo invented the telescope in 1610. Named in the honor of renown astronomer Edwin Hubble, the Hubble Observatory is the first optical...

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