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HXMT Successfully Launched and Passes in-orbit Test
Jan 26, 2018

China's first space X-ray astronomy satellite, Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT, also known as Insight), was launched in June. It was jointly funded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

Insight-HXMT passed the in-orbit test and performance verification phase of six months. Insight-HXMT measured the strongest magnetic field in the universe directly, and help realize the experiment on X-ray Pulsar-based Navigation (XNAV) technique with the highest precision in China.

Remarkably, Insight-HXMT has provided stringent constraints to possible high-energy gamma-ray emission from the binary neutron star merger, and the results were included in the historical paper on this event. "Insight" was mentioned in President Xi Jinping's 2018 New Year greetings.




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(Editor: ZHANG Nannan)