The HEXTE Picture Gallery

XTE Spacecraft Schematic

Another view
gzipped Postscript version (large).


This Quicktime movie shows (rather confusingly) the rocking motion of the HEXTE clusters on- and off-source, which is typically performed every 16 seconds. Other XTE videos may be found here (GSFC).

XTE pre-launch photo

Photo credit: NASA

XTE Spacecraft at KSC

In full dress uniform, including the folded solar panels, and the ASM shadow cameras on top. Below the 5 bays of the PCA in this view, the HEXTE is covered by a thin layer of spacecraft thermal blanket.
Photo credit: NASA

XTE Spacecraft at GSFC

This view shows the XTE spacecraft instrument side with the ASM support structure at top. The ASM itself, solar panels and high gain antennas are not installed. The PCA and the HEXTE are readily visible; 3 of the HEXTE phoswich detectors have orange labels covering their collimators.
Photo credit: Mike Pelling

HEXTE cluster assembly

One of the HEXTE clusters on a vibration testing platform at Wyle Laboratories, complete with its rocking mechanism.

Photo credit: Bob Howe

HEXTE cluster assembly (top view)

Top view of a HEXTE cluster, with its 4 phoswich detector modules in place. Visible are the collimators, each with their own gain control/calibration sources installed in the detector's field of view. Each cylindrical collimator has a diameter of about 7.2 in.

Photo credit: Bob Howe

UCSD telephone directory 1995 (front cover)

Caption reads:
``Pictured on the cover is Dr. Richard Rothschild with one of the clusters of X-ray detector instruments designed, fabricated and tested at UCSD's Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences for NASA's X-ray Timing Explorer. The instrument, along with others developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, will provide important information on the nature of X-ray emitting objects, such as black holes, neutron stars, and white dwarfs. The products of stellar evolution, these extremeley dense objects exhibit enormous gravitational fields and are ultimately responsible for the generation of X-rays and gamma rays. Scheduled for launch in August 1995, the X-ray Timing Explorer will exploit the temporal variability of these stars on time scales from millionths of a second to months to explain how matter is transferred from one star to its binary companion, how this matter interacts with the intense magnetic fields present, and how X-ray beams are formed. The mission will also provide scientists with new understanding of the dynamics and life history of X-ray emitting objects.''

``XTE - Taking the Pulse of the Universe'' poster

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Last Updated 1995 August 31 by Philip Blanco