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

Sagittarius A*: NASA Telescopes Support Event Horizon Telescope in Studying Milky Way’s Black Hole

May 22, 2022

Chandra issued an image release and press release on 5/12/22, “Sagittarius A*: NASA Telescopes Support Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) in Studying Milky Way’s Black Hole.” Multiple telescopes, including Chandra, observed the Milky Way’s giant black hole simultaneously with the Event …

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New NASA Black Hole Sonifications with a Remix

May 22, 2022

Chandra issued an image release on 5/4/22, “New NASA Black Hole Sonification’s with a Remix”. Two new sonification’s of well-known black holes have been released for NASA’s Black Hole Week.  The Perseus galaxy cluster was made famous because of sound …

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Black Holes Raze Thousands of Stars to Fuel Growth

May 22, 2022

Chandra issued an image release and press release on April 20, 2022, “Black Holes Raze Thousands of Stars to Fuel Growth”, a new survey of over 100 galaxies uncovering signs that black holes are demolishing thousands of stars in a …

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Advanced Telescope for high Energy Astrophysics (ATHENA) X-ray and Cryogenic Facility (XRCF) Mirror Module Calibration and Testing

May 22, 2022

On-site visit by Moog CSA Engineering occurred 5/3-5/22 for the operational health assessment of the Center of Curvature Optical Bench (CoCOB) hexapod.  Activities included visual inspections, power-on and execution of homing procedures to test the hexapod range, accuracy and resolution …

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Chandra Supports 2022 NASA Student Launch Challenge

May 22, 2022

On April 23, 2022, members of the Chandra X-ray Observatory project at MSFC staffed an exhibit tent in support of the NASA Student Launch Challenge of 2022.  The event was held at Bragg’s Farm in Toney, AL and hosted over …

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