This Day In Astro History


Chandra Image
Chandra X-ray image of Cassiopeia A, the remanent of a star that exploded about 300 years ago.
To the human eye, space appears serene and void. It is neither.  To the "eye" of an X-ray telescope, the universe is totally different – a violent, vibrant, and ever-changing place. Temperatures can reach millions of degrees. Objects are accelerated by gravity to nearly the speed of light and magnetic fields more than a trillion times stronger than the Earth’s cause some stars to crack and tremble. -- NASA

August 26

2003 - Columbia Accident Investigation Board releases its final reports on Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

1999 - The first calibration images from the world's most powerful X-ray telescope, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory are unveiled at a media briefing at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW, Washington, DC.  The images included the spectacular remnants of supernova Cassiopeia A that exploded 300 years ago, a hot gas shell 10 light years across with temperatures of 50 million degrees and a point of light that may be a neutron star or black hole at the center of the stellar explosion. Another image that thrilled observers was the high energy jet of Quasar PKS 0637-752 six billion light years away. Chandra will continue its calibration for a few weeks and then the real science begins!

Black Brant 3 launchCanadian1966 - Black Brant 3 Launched from Fort Churchill.  National Research Council of Canada Test/Aeronomy mission.
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