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.

Phoswich Scintillator Detector Technology Proposal Selected for Center TIP Funding

December 14, 2021

Michelle Hui, Daniel Kocevski, and Joshua Wood (ST12) proposed to investigate wide-field gamma-ray detector technology to the TIP program and was selected for funding in FY22. The project involves characterizing a phoswich detector that couples CeBr3 and NaI(Tl) crystals and …

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Falling Through Stones: The Science of Time Travel in Outlander and Popular Culture

December 14, 2021

Debra J. Wallace (ST12) gave a virtual presentation to 345 attendees of the Wade County Public Library event celebrating the release of Diana Gabaldon’s Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone. The presentation discussed the portrayal of time travel …

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IXPE Launches Successfully!

December 10, 2021

The Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) was successfully launched at launched at 1 a.m. EST, December 9, 2021, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. IXPE extended its boom successfully December 15, 2021 giving …

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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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Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) Releases Science Feature and Mission Overview Video on NASA Social Media Accounts

November 30, 2021

Marshall Space Flight Center and HQ Public Affairs Office released the IXPE science feature and mission overview video on NASA social media accounts in on 12/9/21.  The link to IXPE mission overview release is: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/ixpe/index.html. The new feature was released …

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