Experimental Astronomy

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The X-ray astronomy satellite “ASCA”

  • H. Inoue


ASCA (ASTRO-D), the fourth X-ray astronomy satellite of ISAS, was successfully launched on February 20, 1993. It carries nested thin-foil X-ray mirrors providing a large effective area over a wide energy range up to 12 keV. A set of CCD cameras and imaging gas scintillation proportional counters are placed on the focal plane.ASCA is a high-throughput imaging and spectroscopic X-ray observatory with these instruments.


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Inoue
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  1. 1.Institute of Space and Astronautical ScienceKanagawaJapan

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