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Artist's concept of NuSTAR on orbit that shows its 10- meter mast that separates the optics modules (right) from the detectors in the focal plane (left). (NASA)
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Artist's concept of NuSTAR on orbit that shows its 10- meter mast that separates the optics modules (right) from the detectors in the focal plane (left). (NASA)

The Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL rocket with NASA's NuSTAR spacecraft is attached to the L-1011 carrier aircraft known as "Stargazer," June 2, 2012. (NASA)
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The Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL rocket with NASA's NuSTAR spacecraft is attached to the L-1011 carrier aircraft known as "Stargazer," June 2, 2012. (NASA)

This image comparison demonstrates NuSTAR's improved ability to focus high-energy X-ray light into sharp images. (NASA)
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This image comparison demonstrates NuSTAR's improved ability to focus high-energy X-ray light into sharp images. (NASA)

Technicians install one half of the payload fairing over the NuSTAR spacecraft as they continue to process the spacecraft and its Pegasus rocket for launch, May 22, 2012. (NASA)
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Technicians install one half of the payload fairing over the NuSTAR spacecraft as they continue to process the spacecraft and its Pegasus rocket for launch, May 22, 2012. (NASA)

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