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 Medium Exhibit Displayed at Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL

June 16, 2021

On 6/8/21, Chandra NASA MSFC exhibit team shipped and set up a medium Chandra exhibit at the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.  The exhibit is a great addition to the existing Chandra displays as the public enters into …

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Chandra Contributes to MSFC Virtual Jamboree, “What Does the Universe Sound Like?”

June 16, 2021

Chandra participated in the NASA/MSFC Jamboree and Poster Expo on 6/10/21.  Chandra’s, “What does the Universe Sound Like?” poster was selected for early virtual Jamboree poster completion and served as a pathfinder for other Jamboree virtual poster developers.  The Jamboree …

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Scintillation Prediction Observations Research Task (SPORT)

June 16, 2021

The US instruments have arrived in Brazil. The Brazilian Technical Institute for Aeronautics (ITA) performed acceptance test on the instruments at the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) science laboratory (LIT) using the SPORT Engineering Model (EM) and all instruments …

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Chandra Mourns Passing of First Program Manager

June 16, 2021

Fred S. Wojtalik, 90, of Huntsville passed away 6/10/21, at his home in Huntsville. Fred had many accomplishments with NASA. Mr. Wojtalik transferred from Chrysler to NASA in the early 1960’s. In addition to serving as the Program Manager during …

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IMPACT Satellite Needs Working Group (SNWG) Management Office – Cycle 3

June 16, 2021

The SNWG team finished two major efforts to assist HQ with completion of the SNWG Cycle 3 Assessment Phase. The SNWG Management Office completed the SNWG-2020 Cycle budget for FY23 through FY27 for the 9 potential solutions that will be …

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