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Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer

Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer

An artist's impression of the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer spacecraft in oribt.

An artist's impression of the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer spacecraft in oribt. (Credit: NASA)

The Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer spacecraft undergoes pre-launch tests.

The Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer spacecraft undergoes pre-launch tests. (Credit: NASA)

Lifetime: December 1995 - January 2012

Country (primary): United States

Primary Science

The Rossi Timing X-ray Explorer, or RXTE for short, was designed to study time variability in the emission of X-ray sources over timescales from microseconds to months.

Science Highlights

  • Discovered kilohertz quasi-periodic oscillations
  • Discovered the spin periods in low-mass X-ray binary systems
  • Detected X-ray afterglows of gamma-ray bursts

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A service of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC), Dr. Alan Smale (Director), within the Astrophysics Science Division (ASD) at NASA/GSFC

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