X-ray Astronomy Mission

FINAL REPORT RELEASED AUGUST 10, 2012. Please download here.

New! Forum for community input to the X-ray Mission Architecting Study! Join the discussion here.

Instrument Design Laboratory (IDL) Studies

  1. X-ray Calorimeter (February 13–17, 2012)

X-ray Mission Design Laboratory (MDL) Studies

  1. X-ray Gratings MDL (March 19–23, 2012)
  2. X-ray Calorimeter MDL (April 2–6, 2012)
  3. X-ray WFI MDL (April 16–20, 2012)
  4. X-ray AXSIO Redux (April 30–May 4, 2012)
  5. X-ray Gratings Redux (May 2–4, 2012)

NASA's Request for Information (RFI)

The RFI, "Concepts for the Next NASA X-ray Astronomy Mission," was released in the NASA NSPIRES Web site on September 13, 2011, as solicitation number NNH11ZDA018L. Responses were due by October 28, 2011. The full text of this NASA research opportunity is posted at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/.

Community Science Team (CST)

NASA has issued a call for Letters of Application for Membership in the Community Science Team for X-ray Astronomy Mission Concepts. The "Dear Colleague" letter can be found here. The deadline for responding was October 19th at 4:30pm EST.

CST Members
Mark Bautz (MIT)Stephen Murray (JHU)
Joel Bregman (Chair - Michigan)Paul Plucinsky (CfA)
Dave Burrows (Penn State)Brian Ramsey (MSFC)
Webster Cash (U Colorado)Ron Remillard (MIT)
Christine Jones (CfA)Colleen Wilson-Hodge (MSFC)

Documents

Program News

13 Nov 2014
NASA issues second Dear Colleague Letter for community participation in the Athena Science Study Team Working Groups DEADLINE DECEMBER 1ST »  [PDF]
1 Oct 2014
2014 Program Annual Technology Report (PATR) now available »  [PDF]

Project News

Chandra News
27 Oct 2014
NASA's Chandra Observatory Identifies Impact of Cosmic Chaos on Star Birth » Details
Fermi News
3 Dec 2014
Short- and Long-Term Changes to Fermi Observations » Details
Planck News
23 Oct 2013
Last Command Sent to ESA's Planck Space Telescope
» Details
XMM-Newton News
1 Sep 2014
Magnetar discovered close to supernova remnant Kesteven 79 » Details

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Suzaku News
2 Jul 2014
Iron 'Fingerprints' Point Astronomers to Supernova Suspects » Details
Swift News
20 Nov 2014
NASA's Swift Satellite Marks 10 Years of Game-changing Astrophysics » Details