Once installed aboard the International Space Station, our Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer will provide high-precision measurements of neutron stars, objects containing ultra-dense matter at the threshold of collapse into black holes.
June 12 | 2017
NICER will also test, for the first time in space, technology that uses pulsars as navigation beacons. Seen here, NICER is extracted from the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft trunk on orbit. Following installation onto the space station, NICER will be powered up, deployed and its range of motion verified by robotic camera. Credit: NASA