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The mission of the Explorers Program is to provide frequent flight opportunities for world-class scientific investigations from space utilizing innovative, streamlined and efficient management approaches within the heliophysics and astrophysics science areas.

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Most Luminous Galaxy Is Ripping Itself Apart

Most Luminous Galaxy Is Ripping Itself Apart

01.15.16 – In a far-off galaxy, 12.4 billion light-years from Earth, a ravenous black hole is devouring galactic grub. Its feeding frenzy produces so much energy, it stirs up gas across its entire galaxy.

“It is like a pot of boiling water being heated up by a nuclear reactor in the center,” said Tanio Diaz-Santos of the Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile, lead author of a new study about this galaxy.

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Explorers News Continues

01.05.16Runaway Stars Leave Infrared Waves in Space
01.05.16Andromeda Galaxy Scanned with High-Energy X-ray Vision
12.17.15NuSTAR's View of Galaxy 1068
12.17.15NuSTAR Finds Cosmic Clumpy Doughnut Around Black Hole
12.14.15Plunging into the Ionosphere: Satellite's Last Days Improve…
11.23.15NEOWISE Observes Carbon Gases in Comets
11.11.15Secondhand Spacecraft Has Firsthand Asteroid Experience
11.06.15NASA's Swift Spots its Thousandth Gamma-ray Burst
11.03.15NASA Observes Auroras Across Canada
11.03.15Whopping Galaxy Cluster Spotted with Help of NASA Telescopes

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Explorers Missions Status

  • Astro-H
    Launch Date: February 12, 2016
    Phase C/D: Design & Development
  • GOLD
    Launch Date:September 2017
    Phase B: Preliminary Design & Technology Development
  • ICON
    Launch Date: June 2017
    Phase B: Preliminary Design & Technology Development
  • NICER
    Launch Date: August 2016
    Phase B: Preliminary Design & Technology Development
  • TESS
    Launch Date: August 2017
    Phase B: Preliminary Design & Technology Development
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