Astrophysics Branch

Marshall Space Flight Center's Astrophysics Branch uses space and ground-based observatories to peer back to the earliest epochs of the universe, unravel its mysteries, and study the most violent explosions in our galaxy and beyond. Our goal is to help discover how the universe works, explore how it began and evolved, and search for life on planets around other stars.

A growing black hole, called a quasar, is seen at the center of a faraway galaxy in this artist's concept. Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes discovered swarms of similar quasars hiding in dusty galaxies in the distant universe.

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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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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Neutron Measurements on the Lunar Surface (NMLS) Update

June 16, 2021

Neutron Measurements on the Lunar Surface is a project to deliver an instrument manifested on Astrobotic Technology’s Peregrine Lander Mission One, to be launched on the new ULA Vulcan Centaur, landing on the Lacus Mortis plateau (44oN, 25oE). Astrobotic was …

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American Astronomical Society (AAS) Special Session on Gravitational Wave Results

June 16, 2021

Tyson Littenberg (ST12) organized and convened a Special Session at the June American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting on behalf of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration titled “Science from the LIGO-Virgo Catalog of Gravitational Wave Events.”  The special session—which sits at the …

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Galactic Center: Magnetized Threads Weave Spectacular Galactic Tapestry

June 3, 2021

Chandra issued an image release and NASA image of the day 5/27/21 entitled “Galactic Center: Magnetized Threads Weave Spectacular Galactic Tapestry”.  A new panorama provides an unprecedented X-ray view above and below the center of Milky Way.  This new survey …

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