NuSTAR (Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array)

This illustration shows NASA's NuSTAR space telescope in shades of blue. Attached to the base of the instrument is a long, tower-like structure that extends out towards the front of the spacecraft that has a singular, wing-shaped solar array attached.
Historical DateDecember 20, 2022
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An illustration of NASA's NuSTAR space telescope. The colors depicted in this illustration are for artistic purposes only.

NuSTAR detects high-energy X-rays. With NuSTAR, scientists observe and investigate some of the hottest, densest, and most energetic objects in the universe, like supermassive black holes actively consuming gas and dust, and the remnants of exploded stars.

Launched: June 13, 2012