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How Hot Is The Crab? NASA's Next Great Observatory Takes Aim At The Crab Nebula Pulsar

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August 20, 1998
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NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center--Space Sciences Laboratory
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Countless observations later, the Crab is still the source of some of the most intriguing questions in the field of astronomy. Dr. Martin Weisskopf, an astronomer at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, is among those asking the key questions. Weisskopf plans to use the High Resolution Camera aboard the Advanced X-Ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF), scheduled for launch in December, 1998, to examine the surface temperature of the neutron star at the center of the Crab Nebula.

Aug. 17, 1998: In early summer of 1054, long before the first Independence Day celebration in the United States, the people of Japan and China witnessed an amazing display of fireworks in the summer sky.


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NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center--Space Sciences Laboratory. "How Hot Is The Crab? NASA's Next Great Observatory Takes Aim At The Crab Nebula Pulsar." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 20 August 1998. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/08/980820080525.htm>.
NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center--Space Sciences Laboratory. (1998, August 20). How Hot Is The Crab? NASA's Next Great Observatory Takes Aim At The Crab Nebula Pulsar. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 24, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/08/980820080525.htm
NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center--Space Sciences Laboratory. "How Hot Is The Crab? NASA's Next Great Observatory Takes Aim At The Crab Nebula Pulsar." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/08/980820080525.htm (accessed April 24, 2014).

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