HaloSat : A CubeSat to Study the Hot Galactic Halo

Abstract : HaloSat is a small satellite (CubeSat) designed to map soft X-ray oxygen line emission across the sky in order to constrain the mass and spatial distribution of hot gas in the Milky Way. The goal of HaloSat is to help determine if hot gas gravitationally bound to individual galaxies makes a significant contribution to the cosmological baryon budget. HaloSat was deployed from the International Space Station in 2018 July and began routine science operations in 2018 October. We describe the goals and design of the mission, the on-orbit performance of the science instrument, and initial observations.
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P. Kaaret, A. Zajczyk, D. Larocca, R. Ringuette, J. Bluem, et al.. HaloSat : A CubeSat to Study the Hot Galactic Halo. The Astrophysical Journal, American Astronomical Society, 2019, 884 (2), pp.162. ⟨10.3847/1538-4357/ab4193⟩. ⟨hal-02329380⟩

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