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 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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Chandra: “Spiderweb Galaxy Field: Feasting Black Holes Caught in Galactic Spiderweb”

April 23, 2022

Chandra issued an image and press release on March 31, 2022, “Spiderweb Galaxy Field: Fasting Black Holes Caught in Galactic Spiderweb”.  To look for black holes around the “Spiderweb” galaxy, astronomers observed for over 8 days with NASA’s Chandra X-ray …

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Chandra Hosts 2022 Astrophysics Division Senior Review Panel Virtual “Visit”

April 23, 2022

The Astrophysics Division (APD) of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) convened a 2022 Senior Review Panel and facilitated a review panel “visit”, via Google Meet, with the Chandra X-ray Observatory mission, from April 5-7, 2022; Chandra is one of many …

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Scintillation Prediction Observations Research Task (SPORT)

April 23, 2022

The Brazilian Technical Institute for Aeronautics (ITA) continues to perform integrated test of the spacecraft and the instruments. They performed additional calibration test on the Sweeping Langmuir Probe (SLP).  They also performed additional tests on the Ion Velocity Meter (IVM) …

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Chandra Outreach Speaker at Southeastern Blind Rehab Center, “What Happens When Vision, Science, and Technology Merge”

April 23, 2022

On March 28, 2022, Kim Arcand of Chandra Outreach presented to the Veterans Affairs Southeastern Blind Rehab Center (via NASA Speaker Bureau request and MSFC event organization) a 1-hour webinar entitled “What Happens When Vision, Science and Technology Merge.”  Arcand …

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