the largest satellite shuttle ever launched
It is one of the best X-Ray telescopes ever created by NASA.
This satellite was named after Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, a astrophysicist famous for his studies on White Dwarf Stars.
It has been in orbit for fourteen years.
HOW IT WORKS
- 13.8 m x 19.5 m
- 4800 kg (10,560 lbs)
Has three main components:
- The X-Ray Telescope.
- The instruments that converts the rays into images.
- The space craft itself.
The mirrors are the largest most precisely shaped and aligned and smoothest mirrors ever constructed.
It has a built in propulsion system with strange elliptical orbit.
The X-ray telescope detects clouds of hot gas and energy that stretches for millions of light years away, for example, it can detect a hot gas bubble produced by an exploding star.
The Trumpler 14
WHAT IS CHANDRA USED FOR?
Chandra collects images of exploded planets and has observed the region around the supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way galaxy.
Gave more proof that the universe is expanding, as well as more information about the origins of the universe.
Captured the first images of Cassiopeia.
Has tracked major activity in space, such as supernovas and the death of stars.
It has also discovered famous space phenomena such as the Crab Nebula, M82, and the Orion Nebula.
The amount of electricity to power the Chandra is approximately 2 kilowatts. about the same to power a hairdryer.