PCOS Mission Studies
NASA-ESA Athena Study
NASA is working with ESA to define the possible NASA contribution to this ESA-led X-ray mission.
The ESA Athena page, which should be consulted for information about the mission, is here: http://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/athena
One U.S. scientist, Randall Smith of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, has been selected for the SST. Robert Petre of GSFC and Michael Garcia of NASA/HQ are ex-officio members. The full membership of ESA's Athena SST is given in the list below (see http://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/athena/team-membership).
ESA's Athena Science Study Team
Xavier Barcons (IFCA, ES)
Didier Barret (IRAP, FR)
Anne Decourchelle (CEA Saclay, FR)
Jan-Willem den Herder (SRON, NL)
Andrew Fabian (Cambridge, UK)
Hironori Matsumoto (Nagoya U, JP)
Kirpal Nandra (MPE, DE)
Luigi Piro (INAF, IT)
Randall Smith (CfA, U.S.)
Richard Willingale (Leicester, UK)
January 5, 2017: AAS Athena Splinter Meeting
December 14, 2015: Athena SST/SWG/US Co-Chairs Reports
In November 2015, the Athena Science Study Team re-opened applications for membership to the Community Working Groups. US scientists should apply directly via the ASST web site (rather than via NASA) by the Dec 31, 2015 deadline. More information is available on ESA Athena websites for both the Athena community working group structure and membership as well as the application form.
In July 2014, NASA issued a Dear Colleague Letter asking for community participation in the ESA Athena Science Study Team.
In November 2014, NASA issued a second Dear Colleague Letter asking for community participation in the Athena Science Study Team Working Groups.
Program News and Announcements
7 November 2019
NASA HQ has announced that all GO & GI programs will be converting to dual-anonymous peer review over the next year. » Details
30 October 2019
The deadline to submit abstracts
to give a lightning talk
at the Jan AAS PCOS & PhysPAG session
on a revolutionary multimessenger / multimission astrophysics discovery
that involves at least one NASA mission is extended to Wed 27 Nov 2019
7 October 2019
The deadline for Call for Nominations to Augment the NASA LISA Study Team has been extended to 11 Oct 2019
. » Details
30 September 2019
The application deadline for "The PI Launchpad: From Science Idea to NASA Mission
" is extended to 15 Oct 2019. NASA Headquarters Science Mission Directorate (the level up from NASA Astrophysics Division) is co-organizing the Nov 18–20 workshop in Tuscon, AZ, in the interests of broadening the pool of potential NASA PIs. » Details
19 September 2019
The PhysPAG EC nomination deadline, including self-nominations, is extended to Monday 30 Sept 2019. We welcome self nominations and particularly encourage people of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints. Useful skills include good communication, a desire and ability to facilitate community organization and collaborative conclusions, and a broad perspective. See the announcement letter
with instructions for nominating
13 September 2019
Submit your abstract
today to give a 5min lightning talk on a revolutionary multimessenger / multimission astrophysics discovery that involves at least one NASA mission at the Jan AAS PCOS & PhysPAG session
! Abstracts due by 31 Oct 2019.