NASA to Discuss Upcoming Launch of NuSTAR Black Hole Hunter Today

NASA to Discuss Upcoming Launch of NuSTAR Black Hole Hunter Today

NASA is currently planning to launch the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) on June 13 from Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific.  The agency will hold a news conference to discuss the launch at 1:00 pm ET today, May 30, 2012.

NuSTAR was designed by Dr. Fiona Harrison of CalTech to search for black holes.  It was scheduled for launch on March 22 aboard an Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Pegasus XL rocket, but was postponed when a Flight Readiness Review (FRR) concluded that more time was needed to ensure that a new flight computer would work properly.

Participants in today’s press conference from NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC are:

  • Paul Hertz, Astrophysics Division director at NASA Headquarters in Washington
  • Fiona Harrison, NuSTAR principal investigator at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif.
  • Daniel Stern, NuSTAR project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena 
  • Yunjin Kim, NuSTAR project manager at JPL

The press conference will be aired on NASA TV.

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