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The status of the Constellation-X mission
Author(s): Robert Petre; Nicholas E. White; Harvey Tananbaum; Ann Hornschemeier; Jay Bookbinder; Michael Garcia; Jean Grady; Caroline Kilbourne
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Paper Abstract

The Constellation-X mission will address questions central to the NASA Beyond Einstein Program, using high throughput X-ray spectroscopy to measure the effects of strong gravity close to the event horizon of black holes, study the formation and evolution of clusters of galaxies to precisely determine cosmological parameter values, measure the properties of the Warm-Hot Intergalactic Medium, and determine the equation of state of neutron stars. Achieving these science goals requires a factor of ~100 increase in sensitivity for high resolution spectroscopy over current X-ray observatories. This paper briefly describes the Constellation-X mission, summarizes its basic performance parameters such as effective area and spectral resolution, and gives a general update on the mission. The details of the updated mission configuration, compatible with a single Atlas-V 551 launch vehicle, are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 September 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6686, UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XV, 66860B (18 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.734379
Show Author Affiliations
Robert Petre, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Nicholas E. White, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Harvey Tananbaum, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Ann Hornschemeier, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jay Bookbinder, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Michael Garcia, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Jean Grady, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Caroline Kilbourne, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6686:
UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XV
Oswald H.W. Siegmund, Editor(s)

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