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Balloon telescope lifts off to study black holes and neutron stars

An international team of researchers gathered at the Esrange Space Center in Kiruna, Sweden on Tuesday (July 12) to watch the launch of XL-Calibur, a balloon-borne telescope that will measure X-ray emissions in our galaxy.

XL-Calibur’s current mission will land in northern Canada at an unspecified date after sailing over the north Atlantic Ocean. The mission will collect data on several targets: The stellar-mass black hole Cygnus X-1, the Crab Nebula and Crab Pulsar, and two flaring X-ray sources in the Milky Way. NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia announced the launch on its official Twitter account on Monday (July 11). 

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