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News Archive / Tagged: STS-93

  • Book Review: Chandra’s Cosmos: Dark Matter, Black Holes, and Other Wonders Revealed by NASA’s Premier X-Ray Observatory

    Jason RhianApril 10th, 2017

    NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, sent to orbit during STS-93 by Space Shuttle Columbia in 1999, has rewritten what humanity knows about the universe. A new book works to provide some of the little-known details about one of the space agency's Great Observatories.

  • Astronaut Cady Coleman leaving NASA

    Bart LeahyDecember 5th, 2016

    On Dec. 1, 2016, NASA astronaut Catherine "Cady" Coleman announced her retirement from the agency via social media. Since becoming an astronaut in 1992, she has logged over 180 days in space across two Space Shuttle missions and one International Space Station (ISS) expedition.

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: STS-93, Chandra, Collins and Columbia’s challenge

    Heather SmithJuly 23rd, 2014

    On July 23, 1999 at 12:31 a.m. EDT (0431 GMT), astronaut Eileen Collins became the first female space shuttle commander, leading the STS-93 crew to successfully deploy the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The mission began aboard space shuttle Columbia along with Jeffrey S. Ashby as pilot and Steven A. Hawley, Catherine “Cady” G. Coleman, and Michel […]

  • Supermassive black hole spins more than half of light’s speed

    James TuttenMarch 10th, 2014

    Astronomers have measured the rotational speed of a distant black hole for the first time thanks to the combined efforts of two orbiting X-ray telescopes, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) XMM-Newton, aided by the unique alignment with a large elliptical galaxy providing a visual boost.

  • Chandra observes observes runaway pulsar firing an enormous jet

    Jim SharkeyFebruary 22nd, 2014

    NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has recorded images of a fast-moving pulsar escaping from a supernova remnant while trailing an enormous and unusual jet of high energy particles. The pulsar’s jet is the longest of any object in the Milky Way galaxy. A pulsar is a type of neutron star.  The pulsar observed by Chandra is […]