Science Projects

The dedicated team at the Science Projects Branch provides oversight and support to numerous, cutting-edge, research projects and science teams across the Division. In addition to the  projects listed below, they also manage the Chandra X-ray Observatory Program.

Earth Science

  • SERVIR

Astrophysics

  • Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE)
  • Lynx X-ray Observatory

Optical Telescopes

  • Predictive Thermal Control (PTC)
  • Segmented Mirror Technology Program (SMPT)

Heliophysics

  • Full sun Ultraviolet Rocket Spectrometer (FURST),
  • Marshall Grazing Incidence X-ray Spectrometer, (MaGIXS)
  • Hinode
  • Scintillation Prediction Observations Research Task (SPORT)
  • Chromospheric Lyman-Alpha Spectro-Polarimeter (CLASP)
  • Chromospheric Lyman-Alpha Spectro-Polarimeter (CLASP 2)
IXPE
IXPE

Chandra Celebrates 22 Years in Orbit on 7/23/21

August 30, 2021

On 7/23/21, the Chandra X-ray Observatory celebrated a full 22 years in orbit and the anniversary of the launch of the Space Shuttle Columbia mission STS-93, launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.  On 7/23/99, STS-93 began a four-day mission to …

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Abell 1775: Chandra Catches Slingshot During Collision

July 28, 2021

On 7/15/21, the Chandra program released to the public a new image release entitled “Abell 1775: Chandra Catches Slingshot During Collision”. Abell 1775 is a system where a smaller galaxy cluster has plowed into a larger one.  Using X-rays from …

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Chandra Podcast “Interpreting our Universe”

July 28, 2021

On 7/19/21, “Interpreting Our Universe” was featured as a NASA podcast. Our universe is a wild and wonderful place. Join NASA astronauts, scientists and engineers on a new adventure each week — all you need is your curiosity. Fly over …

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Chandra Turns up the Heat in the Milky Way Center

July 28, 2021

On 7/1/21, “Chandra Turns Up the Heat in the Milky Way Center” was featured as the NASA Image of the Day. The image, made by combining a dozen Chandra observations, and was first studied in 2004. A long look by …

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Northern Clump: Galaxy Cluster Travels Down an Intragalactic Highway

July 24, 2021

On 7/2/21, the Chandra program released to the public a new image release entitled “Northern Clump: Galaxy Cluster Travels Down an Intergalactic Highway”.  Researchers have found a galaxy cluster acting like a passenger on what astronomers are calling an “intergalactic highway.” …

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