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[UPDATE]Following a successful launch, I’ve included an actual mission time counter below as well.
The NuSTAR Observatory will launch from the Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean on June 13 from a Pegasus XL rocket. The observatory will hunt for black holes and other exotic objects in the X-ray spectrum.
This launch will be different from most, in that it will actually launch from an L-1011 Stargazer aircraft. The Pegasus XL rocket carrying the observatory will drop from the belly of the Orbital Science Corporation’s aircraft before igniting and carrying it’s payload into orbit.
The launch is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. PDT.
For more details, visit NASA’s NuSTAR website.