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NASA Smiles with First X-Ray Data from NuSTAR

There is definitely a grin on NASA's countenance as NuSTAR (NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array) is providing the astronomers with its extraordinary X-ray images of cosmos.

NuSTAR is a small endeavor that has been headed by the Caltech and managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

Operations of the mission have taken place at UC Berkeley, and the Italian Space Agency (ASI)has offered an equatorial ground station located at Malindi, Kenya. Its outreach program is established at Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California.

The NuSTAR has been constructed by Orbital Sciences Corporation, Dulles, Va, and the instruments were designed by a gamut of organizations; Caltech; JPL; the University of California, Berkeley; Columbia University, New York; NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.; the Danish Technical University in Denmark; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif.; ATK Aerospace Systems, Goleta, Calif. These organizations have been backed by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) Science Data Center.

All the science addicts, you have a name of a black hole, Blazar, to add into your baggage of knowledge.

This type of black hole is dubbed by NASA as an exuberant, vivacious, and a humungous black hole that directs a jet towards the Earth. There are X-ray binaries where a neutron star or a black hole is housed, and it feeds off a stellar partner and amalgamated stellar blasts called as supernovas.

According to the mission's principal investigator at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Fiona Harrison,"We are pleased to present the world with NuSTAR's first look at the sky in high-energy X-rays with a true focusing telescope."

It is the first telescope that has the potential of focusing high-energy X-ray light that has lent more accuracy to the images obtained.

The images that were captured from July to August 2012 are available from Aug. 29, with the help of NASA's High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC).

The images unveil that the telescope would be curtailing the gap that was earlier present in the X-ray astronomy. So, more revelations from NASA are expected with the aid of the new paraphernalia at its end.