XMM-Newton Observatory is a European Space Agency orbiting X-ray observatory launched in Dec 1999. XMM ((X-ray Multi-Mirror)-Newton is the most sensitive imaging X-ray observatory in the 250 eV–12 keV range ever flown, exceeding the mirror area and energy range of ROSAT, ASCA, and even the Chandra X-ray Observatory. It has three advanced X-ray telescopes, each containing 58 high-precision concentric mirrors nested to offer the largest possible collecting area. In addition, it carries five X-ray imaging cameras and spectrographs, and an optical monitoring telescope. The observatory moves in a highly elliptical orbit, traveling out to nearly one third of the distance to the Moon and enabling long, uninterrupted observations of faint X-ray sources.
|launch date||Dec 10, 1999|
|launch vehicle||Ariane 5|
|size||10 × 16 m|
|mass at launch||3.8 tons|
|orbit||7,000 × 114,000 km × 48°|