Satellites and Science: Building, Launching, and Using the NuSTAR X-ray Observatory
Do you know what it takes to build a space-based telescope? Dr. Nynka will share her behind-the-scenes experience as part of a team that helped construct the high-energy NuSTAR telescope and its exciting launch into orbit. She will describe the unique capabilities of X-ray telescopes, their challenges, and the fascinating details NuSTAR is able to reveal of the center of our own Milky Way galaxy.
Dr. Nynka is a Research Scientist at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. She completed her Ph.D. at Columbia University in New York in 2012 and was a Trottier Postdoctoral Researcher at the McGill Space Institute in Montreal before moving to the Boston area in 2018. As a grad student she helped build and launch the NuSTAR telescope. Since then, she has been using various X-ray satellites to observe compact objects, supernova remnants, and the Galactic Center.