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Penn State Researchers Study the X-ray Sky


PSU Rocket Team [Image 150k]Scorpius X-1, the brightest quiescent source in the 0.5 - 10.0 keV band, was successfully observed at 5:31 UT, August 15th, 1998 during NASA Sounding Rocket Flight 36.176UH, (P.I. Gordon Garmire). The payload was launched at 5:30 UT, August 15th from White Sands Missile Range and remained above 140 km for six minutes, during which over 40,000 x-ray events were recorded by the CCD spectrometer. The field experiment team consisted of group members Dr. David Burrows, graduate student Ann E. Hornschemeier, and technician Mark Witherite. The recovery system functioned correctly, and the team was able to recover the payload with no damage to the experiment.

A quicktime (.mov) movie of the rocket launch is available courtesy of White Sands Missile Range:

Launch of sounding rocket 36.176
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  • Pre-launch pictures of the sounding rocket on the launch rail.
  • The launch of sounding rocket 36.176
  • Imagery from the aspect camera with narration by graduate student Ann E. Hornschemeier
  • Clips of the recovery of the rocket payload
To learn more about NASA's sounding rocket program, visit the Wallops Flight Facility sounding rocket web page.   To learn more about opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to participate in Penn State's sounding rocket program, visit Penn State's Sounding Rocket web page.

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