Though we know neutron stars are small and extremely dense, there are still
many aspects of these remnants of explosive deaths of other stars that we
have yet to understand. NICER, a facility to be mounted on the outside of the
International Space Station, seeks to find the answers to some of the
questions still being asked about neutron stars. By capturing the arrival
time and energy of the x-ray photons produced by pulsars emitted by neutron
stars, NICER seeks answer decades-old questions about extreme forms of matter
and energy. Data from NICER will also be used in Sextant, an on-board
demonstration of pulsar-based navigation.
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