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Hitomi Ready to Let in the X-Rays

JAXA/Akihiro Ikeshita
JAXA/Akihiro Ikeshita
The Japanese space agency, JAXA, successfully launched its ASTRO-H mission today. The observatory will study high-energy X-rays, searching for exotic objects like pulsars, supernova remnants, black holes, and even evidence of dark matter. (We discussed ASTRO-H in one of our six space stories to watch this year.) JAXA also announced they have officially renamed the spacecraft Hitomi, the Japanese word for the eye's pupil.

Heather Goss is the Departments Editor at Air & Space.

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