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

MSH 15-52: Cosmic Hand Hitting a Wall

July 24, 2021

On 6/16/21, the Chandra program released to the public a new image entitled “MSH 15-52: Cosmic Hand”.  Watch as the blast wave from an exploded star moves at nearly 9 million miles per hour.  Astronomers captured this movement by combining …

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Interagency Implementation and Advanced Concepts Team Satellite Needs Working Group (SNWG) Management Office – Cycle 2 ICESAT-2 Contract

June 30, 2021

The SNWG Management Office is in the process of formalizing a technology transfer agreement with the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) team to provide a suite of products approved for funding by the …

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Chandra Completes Spring Eclipse

June 30, 2021

Chandra completed the ten eclipses that were part of the Annual Spring Eclipse season.  This season ran from 5/11-6/3/21. Chandra passed through all ten with nominal power and thermal performance. Chandra X-ray Observatory

Uranus: First X-rays from Uranus Discovered

June 16, 2021

Chandra, “Uranus: First X-rays from Uranus Discovered” released on March 31, 2021 is NASA’s 6/4/21 image of the day.  Astronomers have announced the first detection of X-rays from Uranus.  Uranus, the seventh planet from the Sun, is an ice giant …

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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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