In an effort to uncover the mysteries behind the black holes of the universe, NASA is set to launch the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array or NuSTAR spacecraft Wednesday morning.
Over the course of a two-year mission, the high-energy telescope will take a census of collapsed stars and black holes surrounding the center of galaxies, including the Milky Way, according to NASA’s site.
The telescope will also take high resolution photos of the black holes, allowing scientists to gather more in-depth data.
The mission also includes mapping material in young supernova remnants to understand how stars explode and provide insight into various scientific investigations, including cosmic ray origins, studying the extreme physics around collapsed stars to mapping micro-flares on the surface of the Sun.
The Orbital Sciences Corporation Pegasus X will launch the NuSTAR satellite into space from Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands near the mid-Pacific Ocean at 11:30 a.m. eastern daylight time.
NASA will begin a live coverage stream beginning at 10:00 a.m. here: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/nustar/multimedia/index.html
Learn more about NuStar's mission here: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/nustar
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