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NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer Leaves Scientific ‘Treasure Trove’

3 May 2018, 14:00 UTC
NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer Leaves Scientific ‘Treasure Trove’ NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center / Dana Berry

NASA’s decommissioned Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite re-entered Earth’s atmosphere on April 30. Orbiting for more than 22 years, the 6,700-pound satellite operated from 1996 to 2012, providing scientists with an unprecedented look into the extreme environments around neutron stars — also known as pulsars — and black holes.

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