The European Space Agency has

Filed under:General — eric @ 12:43 pm

The European Space Agency has a successful launching of an Ariane 5 rocket bearing the XMM Telescope. This telescope, named the X-Ray Multi Mirror, could be as important to astronomy as the Hubble Space Telescope (currently inoperational, with the Space Shuttle repair mission "http://www.cnn.com/1999/TECH/space/12/09/shuttle.delay.ap/index.html">delayed yet again). Besides the X-Ray receiver, there are optical instruments on board as well. I do take issue with the following line: with its sensitive cameras it will see infinitely more than any previous X-ray satellite. “Infinite” is a mighty big word to be throwing around, especially in the space sciences.

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