NASA LAUNCHES SOUNDING ROCKET FROM AUSTRALIA
This week, a NASA sounding rocket took off from the Arnhem Space Center in Australia's Northern Territory with the first of three science missions.
The launch, which used a Black Brant IX suborbital rocket, happened on June 26, 2022, at 10:29 a.m. EDT (14:29 UTC).
It was Australia's first commercial launch and NASA's first launch from a commercial launch facility outside of the United States.
There are two more science mission launches in this series. The next one is scheduled for 6:54 a.m. EDT (10:54 UTC) on July 4.
In the first launch of the series, a science experiment from the University of Wisconsin called the X-ray Quantum Calorimeter (XQC) was on board.
It reached a height of 203 miles (237 kilometres) before landing southwest of the launch site using a parachute.
Experts close to the launch said that the data collection by the science instrument was a success,
And NASA said that the team will get back the science instrument and the rocket motors to study them further.
X-ray space telescopes take pictures in a unique way. By looking at a small patch of light, they can make a map of the sky.
NASA says that the XQC is meant to have 50 times better energy resolution than what was possible before.
With the help of other NASA X-ray missions, scientists have now made an even more detailed map of the X-ray sky. Still, there are a few bright spots that come from sources we don't know.
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