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



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

Optical Telescopes

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


  • 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)

Karen Gelmis Selected as Science Projects Branch Chief (ST14)

We are pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Karen Gelmis as the new Science Projects Branch Chief/ST14. Ms. Gelmis (Karen) has over 16 years of experience in NASA project management, program integration and independent program assessment. Her project management experience covers the full lifecycle spectrum of programs and projects. Karen was the project manager for the ISS Waste and Hygiene Compartment, integrating Russian hardware into a United States Operating Segment (USOS) rack which launched on Space Shuttle flight STS-112 in November, 2008. As a Program Integration engineer for the NASA Space Launch System (SLS) Program, she was a planning team lead for the SLS PDR and KDP-C and led the development of the SLS Program Plan. Karen has extensive previous experience with systems integration- specifically in the ISS vehicle office with responsibility for ECLSS system technical and programmatic baseline oversight, and hardware development projects. She’s served as a Review Manager for several science projects including SMAP, LandSat9, ICESat and GRACE. Currently Karen serves as the Review Manager for JWST and is also the Study Manager for the 2020 Astrophysics Decadal Survey Lynx Mission Concept Study.

Chandra High Resolution Camera at XRCF
Chandra High Resolution Camera at XRCF

Chandra is celebrating its 20th anniversary!

Listen to a Public Radio Hour special on Chandra featuring Marshall scientists, Dr. Martin Weisskopf and Dr. Jessica Gaskin, as they join historian Brian Odom to talk about Chandra's discoveries.

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