RXTE (Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer)

This illustration shows NASA's RXTE satellite in shades of blue. The satellite's main body is shaped like a rectangular box with two solar array "wings," one on either side.
December 20, 2022
Historical DateDecember 20, 2022
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An illustration of NASA's RXTE satellite. The colors depicted in this illustration are for artistic purposes only.

RXTE collected information about the extreme environments that surround white dwarf stars, neutron stars, black holes, and other objects that emit X-rays.

Launched: December 30, 1995
Decommissioned: January 12, 2012