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A. Valinia, N.E. White (NASA/GSFC), H. Tananbaum (SAO), Constellation-X Team
The Constellation X-ray Mission is a high throughput X-ray facility emphasizing observations at high spectral resolution (E/\DeltaE ~ 300--3000), and broad energy bandpass (0.25--40 keV). Constellation-X will provide a factor of nearly 100 increase in sensitivity over current high resolution X-ray spectroscopy missions. It is the X-ray astronomy equivalent of large ground-based optical telescopes such as the Keck Observatory and the ESO Very Large Telescope. When observations commence toward the end of next decade, Constellation-X will address many fundamental astrophysics questions such as: the formation and evolution of clusters of galaxies; constraining the baryon content of the Universe; determining the spin and mass of supermassive black holes in AGN; and probing strong gravity in the vicinity of black holes.
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