LIVE FROM THE EDGE OF SPACE AND TIME
Tuesday April 3, 2001
13:00 Eastern

WHERE’S CHANDRA RIGHT NOW?

Live from the CHANDRA Operations Control Center in Cambridge, MA, we meet some of the men and women who keep the spacecraft flying, and monitor its health and safety. We’re eyewitnesses at an early morning communications "pass" when data flows down from CHANDRA via the giant antennas of NASA’s Deep Space Network, and engineers give the spacecraft a check-up to make sure it’s operating normally.

Deep Space Network Dishes

 

Roaming around the control room, from a series of high-tech work stations we track the telescope’s temperature, pointing angle and more.

 

THE LATEST FROM THE EDGE

CHANDRA astronomers such as Harvey Tananbaum, Steve Murray, Kathy Flanagan and Martin Weisskopf show us more of the most distant, ancient and extreme objects seen by their X-ray telescope, and answer questions sent in via the Web by students across the nation. Topics will include the biggest and closest black holes, the most distant quasars, what makes gamma ray bursts the most energetic phenomena seen anywhere in the Universe the Big Bang, and more.

Martin Weisskopf

 

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