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Astronomy

Chandra marks 10th anniversary

NASA
19 August 2009

About ten years ago Space Shuttle Columbia launched hauling 55,000 pounds worth of astronomers' dreams -- the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. This was the heaviest payload a space shuttle ever lifted - and one of the best days' labor the work-horse space shuttle ever put in.

August 19 marked Chandra's 10-year "first light" anniversary. Last week some Chandra team members celebrated the observatory's past decade of dramatic discoveries.

Full NASA press release