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

“NASA’s Chandra, Webb Combine for Arresting Views”

July 24, 2023

Four composite images of two galaxies, a nebula, and a star cluster have been released featuring data combined from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and James Webb Space Telescope. Each image combines Chandra’s X-ray data with infrared data from previously released …

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Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) Featured in Nature Astronomy

July 24, 2023

On 5/10/23, Astrophysical Journal Letters published “X-Ray Polarization of BL Lacertae in Outburst” by Abel L. Peirson et al. This is the 21st discovery paper published by the IXPE Science Team. Two additional “discovery papers” have been published by authors …

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Chandra X-ray Observatory Dynamic Background Aspect Camera Assembly Flight Software Patch

June 27, 2023

A real-time procedure was successfully executed on 5/18/23 to uplink a flight software patch that updates the Aspect Camera Assembly (ACA) Processor Electronics Assembly (PEA) to enable on-board dark current subtraction using a dynamically generated dark current map. This substantially …

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M84: H is for Hot and Huge in Chandra Image

June 27, 2023

There is an “H”-shaped structure outlined in the hot gas in the galaxy Messier 84 (M84). Jets from the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy have created cavities in the hot in opposite directions. X-ray data from …

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Centaurus A Shines in New Image from NASA’s Chandra and IXPE

June 27, 2023

The galaxy Centaurus A (Cen A) shines bright in an image combining data from multiple observatories. In the center of this galaxy is a supermassive black hole feeding off the gas and dust encircling it, and large jets of high-energy …

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