Preparations are under way for the low-energy launch of a high-energy X-ray telescope developed to count black holes in the Milky Way, study how particles are created when massive stars explode and how their particles are accelerated to nearly the speed of light. The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuStar) is to be drop-launched June 13 by an Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL from the company’s modified L-1011 “Stargazer” aircraft at 8:30 a.m. PDT. The three-stage, solid-fueled ...

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