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Revealing the Universe

The Making of the Chandra X-ray Observatory

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$29.50 • £23.95 • €26.50

ISBN 9780674004979

Publication Date: 05/28/2001

Short

312 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

12 color illustrations, 40 halftones, 3 line illustrations

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  • Introduction
  • I. The Dream of a Large X-ray Observatory
    • 1. High-Energy Vision
    • 2. Invisible Light
    • 3. Light Quanta
    • 4. The Birth of X-ray Astronomy
    • 5. X-ray Stars
    • 6. The Uhuru Years
    • 7. The Einstein Observatory
  • II. A New Concept and a New Start
    • 8. Ready for the Job
    • 9. Blazing the Trail
    • 10. Jockeying for Position
    • 11. The Great Observatories
    • 12. The Belmont Retreat
    • 13. Progress and Setbacks
  • III. The Mirror Challenge
    • 14. The Challenge Is Set
    • 15. The Challenge Is Met
  • IV. Restructuring
    • 16. A Bruising Lesson
    • 17. Conflict and Compromise
  • V. Building an Observatory
    • 18. Grinding, Polishing, and Coating the Mirrors
    • 19. The Mirror Assembly
    • 20. Calibration
    • 21. The Scientific
    • 22. An Observatory and a Name
  • VI. Looking over Galileo’s Shoulder
    • 23. Launch
    • 24. Activation
    • 25. First Light
    • 26. The Exploration Begins
  • Bibliographical Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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