Tuesday, November 5, 2013

X-ray Space Telescope of the Future Could Launch in 2028

Athena+ X-ray Space Telescope
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There's a big expiration date looming ahead in astrophysicist Kirpal Nandra's mind. The current X-ray space telescopes in orbit will likely be at or near the end of their lifetimes by about 2020, so plans are underway to develop a successor to keep watch on deep space.

With NASA's budget in flux, Nandra — who is with the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics — said Europe needs to act quickly and independently to cover the expected gap in X-ray astronomy.

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