An artist’s concept shows the NuSTAR X-ray telescope in orbit. NuSTAR has two identical optics modules in order to increase sensitivity. The background shows an image of the galactic center from the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Photo NASA

The space agency said Friday the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array will not launch this month as planned. A new launch date has not been set, but NASA expects it to occur sometime in the next two months.

The telescope will be launched aboard a Pegasus XL rocket from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Mission managers decided to delay the launch to doublecheck the flight software on the rocket.

The telescope will peer at the sun, black holes and other hot and energetic objects.

© 2012 The Associated Press.

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