HEADLINE China's first X-ray astronomy satellite put into use

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China's first X-ray astronomy satellite put into use

By Feng Hua | People's Daily app

12:10, January 30, 2018

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Huiyan, China's first X-ray astronomy satellite, was formally delivered and put into use on Tuesday. Huiyan is a significant space science project in China's independent innovation, aiming at observing black holes, neutron stars and other major astrological issues.

With Huiyan's coming into use, China has entered a new era of space observation in high-energy astronomy research. It is of great significance to improving China's international status and influence in the field of space science.

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China launched Huiyan on June 15, 2017. It is tasked with surveying the Milky Way to observe black holes, pulsars and gamma-ray bursts. Huiyan is capable of detecting the gravitational waves at a high frequency and shooting the high image resolution. It made great contributions in the gravitational-wave discovery in October 2017.

Moreover, China National Space Administration is promoting a system for Huiyan data management, to make full use of the data.

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Artist's concept of Huiyan, China's first X-ray astronomy satellite.  (Credit: China National Space Administration)

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