will fly 200 times higher than Hubble - more than 1/3 of the way to the moon!
will be observing X-rays from clouds of gas so vast that it takes light five
million years to go from one side to the other!
maneuvers from one target to the next, Chandra slews more slowly than the
minute hand on a clock.
45 feet long, Chandra is the largest satellite the shuttle has ever launched!
Colorado were as smooth as Chandra's mirrors, Pikes Peak would be less than
one inch tall!
resolving power is equivalent to the ability to read a stop sign at a
distance of twelve miles.
electrical power required to operate the Chandra spacecraft and instruments
is 2 kilowatts, about the same power as a hair dryer.
light from some of the quasars observed by Chandra will have been traveling
through space for ten billion years.
the space mission that will deploy Chandra, is the first NASA shuttle mission
commanded by a woman.
can observe x-rays from particles up to the last second before they fall
into a black hole!!!
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