(via Chandra :: Chronicles :: Chandra in 2012: A Teenager in Space :: Dec 14, 2012)
So, Chandra’s a teen, it would seem. And Hubble is the older sibling, though Hubble’s had some servicing missions through the years, while Chranda has had to operate a bit too far out for help. She was launched out of Columbia in 2000 and hasn’t “looked back” since.
(Rimshot, because, of course, Chandra is always “looking back” in time when it looks far out into space.)
Where was I, oh, right, so you really want to click through on the link as there are some amazing collections of Chandra imagery here.
One of the most amazing things is that x-ray astronomy lets you see the effects of dark matter, especially in galaxy clusters and cluster collisions.
Here’s to many more years, Chandra!