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Astrophsyics

Physics of the Cosmos Mission Studies

  • LISA/L3 Gravitational Wave Mission Study
  • Athena/L2 X-ray Telescope Mission Study
  • Lynx/X-ray Surveyor Mission Study

    Lynx is a concept for a scientifically compelling X-ray observatory that could revolutionize our understanding of the physics of astronomical systems and enable frontier science from first accretion light in the Universe to solar system objects. Lynx should provide a great leap forward in capability including high angular resolution and throughput for orders of magnitude gains in sensitivity, a large field of view, and high resolution spectroscopy.

    Lynx is one of four Decadal Survey Mission Concept Studies initiated in January 2016. The study will extend over three years and executed by the Marshall Space Flight Center under the leadership of a Science and Technology Definition Team (STDT) drawn from the community.

    More information may be found on the Lynx website.


Past and Completed Studies (2012-2015)


The European Space Agency LISA observatory

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Program News and Announcements

6 May 2022
ROSES-22: Opportunities for Community Comment on Draft D.14 Roman Space Telescope Research and Support Participation »  Details.
6 May 2022
Workshop on Unique Science from the Moon in the Artemis Era 7–9 June 2022 »  Details.
6 May 2022
ROSES-22: Final Text and Due Date for D.17 X-Ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission Guest Scientist Program »  Details.
2 May 2022
NASA Astrophysics Town Hall, Tuesday, 3 May 2022 »  Details.
26 April 2022
National Academies Board on Physics and Astronomy — Spring 2022 Meeting »  Details.
11 April 2022
NASA Astrophysics Division Town Hall | May 3, 2022 »  Details.
8 April 2022
NASA Astrophysics Advisory Committee Members Sought »  Details.
5 April 2022
The NASA Physics of the Cosmos (PCOS) Program Office is organizing a Time Domain and Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (TDAMM) Initiative Workshop to be held in the Annapolis area on August 22nd–24th 2022 »  Details.
22 March 2022
Science Mission Directorate Seeks Volunteer Reviewers »  Details.
19 January 2022
NASA PCOS/COR Program Office Announces Upcoming International Workshop on Time Domain Astronomy/Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (TDAMM) »  Details.

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