NASA' newest mission - NuSTAR is in orbit. NuSTAR - Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array - was launched yesterday from the belly of an L-1011 converted airliner at 39,000 feet strapped to an Orbital Sciences Corporation Pegasus XL rocket. The rocket's three stages performed flawlessly and NuSTAR achieved orbit at 12:14 p.m. EDT on the 12th.
As stated by NASA, "In addition to black holes and their powerful jets, NuSTAR will study a host of high-energy objects in our universe, including the remains of exploded stars; compact, dead stars; and clusters of galaxies. The mission’s observations, in coordination with other telescopes such as NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, which detects lower-energy X-rays, will help solve fundamental cosmic mysteries. NuSTAR also will study our Sun’s fiery atmosphere, looking for clues as to how it is heated."