/   Home   /   Newsroom   /   News Updates

China Receives Data from First X-ray Space Telescope

Jun 19, 2017     Email"> PrintText Size

China Friday received the first package of data from its x-ray space telescope launched Thursday, according to the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

The package of high quality data with a total size of 2.1 gigabytes was received by the remote sensing satellite station in northwest China's Kashgar, before being transferred to the CAS National Space Science Center.

The ground stations in Beijing's Miyun District and south China's Sanya also tracked the signals from the telescope.

Weighing 2.5 tonnes, the Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope, dubbed Insight, was launched via a Long March-4B rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gobi Desert at 11 a.m. Thursday.

In the following five days, other components of Insight will start working in succession.

After five months of in-orbit tests and calibrations, the telescope will be officially put into use to conduct broadband x-ray space observations. Its main tasks are to observe black holes, pulsars and gamma-ray bursts.

Kicking off in March 2011, the Insight project was jointly carried out by the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence and the CAS, and is a crucial part of China's high-energy astrophysics space research. (Xinhua)

Attachment:

(Editor: CHEN Na)

Contact

Phone:
E-mail:

Related Articles

Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope;HXMT;space telescope;gravational wave;black hole

China's Space Telescope to Observe "big eaters" in Universe

May 31, 2017

China's new space telescope to be launched soon will probe many mysteries of the universe, including the belching "big eaters" -- active galactic nuclei at the most remote edges of the universe. Scientists have discovered that almost every galaxy has a supermassive black ...

Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope;HXMT;space telescope;gravational wave;black hole

China's Space Telescope Looking for Gravitational Wave Breakthrough

May 31, 2017

Since the detection of gravitational waves, scientists have been eager to find electromagnetic signals corresponding to the gravitational waves. This will be an important task for China's space telescope, the Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT), to be launched soon.

Contact Us

Copyright © 2002 - 2017 Chinese Academy of Sciences