Chandra X-Ray Observatory
The Chandra X-ray Observatory is part of NASA's
fleet of "Great Observatories" along with
the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitizer Space Telescope
and the now deorbited Compton Gamma Ray Observatory.
Chandra allows scientists from around the world
to obtain unprecedented X-ray images of exotic environments
to help understand the structure and evolution of
the universe. Already surpassing its five-year life,
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory is rewriting textbooks
and helping advance technology.
The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO)
in Cambridge, Mass., is responsible for the conduct
of the day-to-day flight operations and science
activities from the Operations Control Center and
Chandra X-ray Center (CXC) facilities. SAO also
coordinates science planning for the observing program
and provides user support as science products are
made available to the scienti?c community. The CXC
Web site is the primary resource for information
on the Chanda X-ray Observatory mission, providing
comprehensive materials such as news releases, photos,
status reports, mission background materials, etc.