Penn State Researchers Study the X-ray Sky
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:
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Last update: October 1, 1998