Astrophysics Branch

Marshall Space Flight Center's Astrophysics Branch uses space and ground-based observatories to peer back to the earliest epochs of the universe, unravel its mysteries, and study the most violent explosions in our galaxy and beyond. Our goal is to help discover how the universe works, explore how it began and evolved, and search for life on planets around other stars.

A growing black hole, called a quasar, is seen at the center of a faraway galaxy in this artist's concept. Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes discovered swarms of similar quasars hiding in dusty galaxies in the distant universe.

Chandra Discoveries in 3D Available on New Platform

June 16, 2021

On 5/20/21, the Chandra program released to the public a new image entitled “Chandra Discoveries in 3D Available on New Platform”.  A collection of recently developed 3D models based on data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory is now available on …

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Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) Completes Vibration Testing

June 16, 2021

IXPE successfully completed Observatory vibration testing on 6/10/21.  The 11 days of testing ended with break configuration review which was supported by structural analysts from Launch Services Program/KSC, MSFC, and Ball Aerospace.  The IXPE vibration testing results will allow the …

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Chandra Medium Exhibit Displayed at Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL

June 16, 2021

On 6/8/21, Chandra NASA MSFC exhibit team shipped and set up a medium Chandra exhibit at the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.  The exhibit is a great addition to the existing Chandra displays as the public enters into …

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Chandra Contributes to MSFC Virtual Jamboree, “What Does the Universe Sound Like?”

June 16, 2021

Chandra participated in the NASA/MSFC Jamboree and Poster Expo on 6/10/21.  Chandra’s, “What does the Universe Sound Like?” poster was selected for early virtual Jamboree poster completion and served as a pathfinder for other Jamboree virtual poster developers.  The Jamboree …

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Chandra Mourns Passing of First Program Manager

June 16, 2021

Fred S. Wojtalik, 90, of Huntsville passed away 6/10/21, at his home in Huntsville. Fred had many accomplishments with NASA. Mr. Wojtalik transferred from Chrysler to NASA in the early 1960’s. In addition to serving as the Program Manager during …

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