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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)



PCOS News

Program News and Announcements

25 March 2019
NASA HQ Astrophysics Division has created a task force to assess NASA's role in strategic optimization of Gravitational Wave Electromagnetic Counterpart (GW-EM) astrophysics. See the Terms of Reference for more details.
1 February 2019
Dr Terri Brandt confirmed as PCOS Chief Scientist.
20 December 2018
LISA Preparatory Science 2018 (LPS) proposals have been selected! »  Full details
17 December 2018
NASA HQ has publicly posted an updated Astrophysics Implementation Plan (AIP), detailing progress made by NASA's Astrophysics Division in implementing the 2010 Decadal recommendations since the previous update in 2016. Please see »  full details

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