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Chandra X-Ray Observatory, We Appreciate You

Chandra X-Ray Observatory, We Appreciate You

On July 23, 1999, the Space Shuttle Columbia blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center carrying the Chandra X-ray Observatory. In the two decades that have passed, Chandra’s powerful and unique X-ray eyes have contributed to a revolution in our understanding of the cosmos.

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Since its launch 20 years ago, Chandra’s unrivaled X-ray vision has changed the way we see the universe.

Chandra has captured galaxy clusters – the largest gravitationally bound objects in the universe – in the process of merging.

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Chandra has shown us the powerful wind and shock fronts that rumble through star-forming systems.

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And a star school, so to speak – home to thousands of the Milky Way’s biggest and brightest.

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Carl Sagan said, “We are made of star-stuff.” It’s true. Most of the elements necessary for life are forged inside stars and blasted into interstellar space by supernovas. Chandra has tracked them.

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Thank you Chandra X-Ray! To more adventures with you!

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Check out Chandra’s 20th anniversary page to see how they are celebrating.

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