China launches its first X-ray space telescope

6/18/2017
  • China has launched its first X-ray space telescope to study black holes, pulsars and gamma-ray bursts. It is a significant step in the country’s race to develop a space program that can rival that of the US or Russia.
  • A Long March-4B rocket carried the 2.5-tonne telescope into orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gobi Desert
  • Once in orbit, the telescope will be used to observe high-energy entities like black holes, pulsars and gamma-ray bursts in order to understand more about their energy sources.
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