Northwestern’s ‘Micro-X’ rocket to image supernova remnant

On Aug. 21, 2022, a NASA-funded Northwestern University team of astrophysicists will launched its “Micro-X” rocket from White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico. The rocket spent 15 minutes in space — just enough time to snap a quick image of supernova remnant Cassiopeia A, a star in the Cassiopeia constellation that exploded approximately 11,000 light-years away from Earth. Then, the rocket parachuted back to Earth, landing in the desert — about 45 miles from the launchpad — where the Northwestern team recovered its payload.

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