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: “Huge Rings Around a Black Hole”

June 26, 2022

A Chandra issued image, “Huge Rings Around a Black Hole”, was featured as NASA’s Image of the Day on 6/2/22. This image features a spectacular set of rings around a black hole, captured using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and Neil Gehrels …

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Chandra Approved for Continued Operations

June 26, 2022

The NASA Science Mission Directorate conducts comparative reviews of operating missions within each division to maximize the scientific return from these missions within finite resources. NASA uses the findings from the Senior Reviews to define an implementation strategy and give …

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Chandra: Abell 2146: Colossal Collisions Linked to Solar System Science

June 26, 2022

The most recent Chandra image release, “Colossal Collisions Linked to Solar System Science” was issued on 6/7/22, and featured as NASA’s Image of the Day on 6/9/22. A shock wave about 1.6 million light years long is stretching along the …

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Senior Review Approves Fermi Mission Continuance

June 26, 2022

The Fermi Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) Project was given general notice on 6/10/22, that the 2022 Senior Review Panel had conveyed a highly favorable review of Fermi.  The Fermi mission has been approved for another period of extended operations and …

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Advanced Telescope for High Energy Astrophysics (ATHENA) X-ray and Cryogenic facility (XRCF) Mirror Module Calibration and Testing

June 26, 2022

ATHENA MSFC XRCF and Goddard Space Flight Center Science Team successfully conducted an Engineering Peer Review (EPR) 6/8-9/22.  The EPR scope was to assess the current metrology approach and design of the Mirror Assembly Module Demonstrator (MAMD) Phase III testing.  …

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