Welcome to DARTS/Ginga

GINGA on the ground: at the environmental test building in ISAS Sagamihara campus

About Ginga

GINGA, formerly known as Astro-C, is the third Japanese X-ray astronomy satellite launched by the M-3SII-3 rocket on February 5, 1987, from Kagoshima Space Center. The observation period ended on November 1, 1991, when GINGA reentered the earth's atmosphere. During its lifetime, Ginga performed over 1000 observations of approximately 350 different targets, covering all of the then-known classes of cosmic X-ray sources. Development of the detector and software has been made via international-collaboration by Japanese, UK, and US scientists.

Last Modified: 01 February 2019