Tour of the Operations Control Center for the Chandra Space Telescope, One of NASA's Great Observatories (IAP Activity)
The Chandra X-ray Observatory is the world's most powerful X-ray telescope, allowing scientists to study the origin, structure and evolution of our universe in greater detail than ever before. The spacecraft and science instruments are controlled from the Operations Control Center (OCC) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We will take our visitors on a tour of the OCC and show where scientists and engineers direct the flight and execute the observing plan of Chandra, and where they receive the scientific data from the observatory. during the tour the visitors will learn about the basics of X-ray astronomy and about the latest, exciting discoveries made by MIT scientists with data acquired with Chandra.
Max 20 people
Prerequisites: Attendance of talks preceding the tour [2-2:30pm talk by Steven Ehlert; 2:30-3:00 pm by Adam Anderson]
IMPORTANT -- ADVANCE SIGN-UP REQUIRED BY 11:59 PM ON FRIDAY JANUARY 10.