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

IXPE Launch Success and Guest Operations

December 14, 2021

IXPE successfully launched the early morning of 12/09/21. Hundreds of guests traveled to attend launch. Upon check-in at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Visitor Complex, guests received a launch gift bag, which included items such as an IXPE lapel pin, mission …

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Planetary Nebula, Misnamed but not Misunderstood

December 14, 2021

Chandra issued an image release on 12/02/21, “Planetary Nebula, Misnamed But Not Misunderstood.”  A new collection of planetary nebulas, containing X-rays from Chandra and optical light from Hubble, is available.  A planetary nebula is a phase that stars like our …

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Mini-Jet Found Near Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole

December 14, 2021

Chandra issued a press release on 12/09/21, “Mini-Jet Found Near Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole”. Our Milky Way’s central black hole has a leak. This supermassive black hole looks like it still has the vestiges of a blowtorch-like jet dating …

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Fermi Gamma Ray Burst Monitor (GBM) Primary Data Server Moved

December 14, 2021

Efforts to move the aging/primary GBM data server hardware from the National Space Science and Technology Center onto the main campus of Marshall Space Flight Center have come to fruition.  The physical move was completed by MITS personnel on 12/07/21.  …

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Science and Technology Personnel Participate in Alabama Burst Energetics Experiment (ABEX) Proposal Review

November 30, 2021

ST Personnel were invited to participate in the Alabama Space Grant Consortium’s (ASGC) review of their ABEX proposal.  The virtual review/discussion was held on 11/17/21 and the ST civil service invitees were Casa (Partnerships and Formulation Office), Stephen Elrod (ST14) …

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