Great Observatories


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Great Observatories

NASA's four major orbiting observatories launched between 1990 and 2003. In chronological order of launch, they are: the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), observing at ultraviolet and optical wavelengths; the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory (CGRO); the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, which originally was to form part of the more ambitious Advanced X-Ray Astrophysics Facility (see AXAF); and the Spitzer Space Telescope, formerly known as the Space Infrared Telescope Facility. Of the four satellites, only the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory had ended its mission by the start of 2005. In June 2004 NASA announced that the three Great Observatories still in orbit would collaborate with the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton satellite and some of the best groundbased observatories on a survey of deep sky objects called the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey (GOODS). This survey will focus on two 150-square-arcminute portions of sky, one in the center of the Hubble Deep Field North, the other in the Chandra Deep Field South. GOODS will provide a multi-wavelength analysis of these regions to supply us with a rich legacy of data that will extend our knowledge about the remote and early universe.
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GOODS (itself an acronym: Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey) is another campaign that performed the first observations of some GREATS targets.
The colorful image of the supernova remnant was created by compositing data from the Hubble telescope and Chandra, two of NASA's great observatories. The Hubble telescope provided optical data of SNR 0509-67.5 and its accompanying star field, and this was combined with X-ray energies obtained by the Chandra. 
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It is the fourth and final of the NASA Great Observatories program.
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He died on 21 August 1995 at Chicago and in 1999 NASA named the third of its four Great Observatories after Chandrasekhar.
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The telescope is part of Nasa's series of what it calls its Great Observatories, which also includes the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the Spitzer Space Telescope.
The last of the great observatories; Spitzer and the era of faster, better, cheaper at NASA.
If it's an in-depth history of telescopes and observatories which is needed to fill a college-level or even a public library holding, it should be the weighty and visually stunning GREAT OBSERVATORIES OF THE WORLD, which tells the history and development of nearly 40 of the world's preeminent observatories, 10 space-based observatories, and 11 notable telescopes and arrays.

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