Chandra Digest 28 Sep 2001

Status Report From: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Posted: Friday, September 28, 2001

Chandra Sheds Light on the Knotty Problem of the M87 Jet -

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has given astronomers their most detailed look to date at the X-ray jet blasting out of the nucleus of M87, a giant elliptical galaxy 50 million light years away in the constellation Virgo.

Chandra's New View of the Rosette Nebula -

Colorful star-forming regions that have captivated stargazers since the advent of the telescope 400 years ago contain gas thousands of times more energetic than previously recognized, powered by colliding stellar winds. This multimillion-degree gas radiated as X rays is one of the long-sought sources of energy and elements in the Milky Way galaxy's interstellar medium.


**Chandra Chronicles: Chandra's Mission Extended to 2009 -

On September 4, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center announced that NASA will extend Chandra's current five year mission to ten years. "Adding five more years of operation to Chandra's mission will provide double the opportunity for amazing discoveries," said Chandra project scientist Martin Weisskopf of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.

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