X-Ray Navigation: Pulsars, The GPS of the Universe

In November 2016, China launched the first satellite to test a navigational system that is independent of guidance from earth. This year, NASA plans to demonstrate a similar device aboard the ISS. The new technology, which allows spacecrafts to know their own location in the solar system, will boost efforts in deep space exploration. This is our look at the workings, advantages, and potential of x-ray, pulsar-based navigation.

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X-Ray Navigation: Pulsars, The GPS of the Universe

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