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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

31 May 2019
Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA SMD Associate Administrator, invites the science community to a live-streamed national colloquium on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 (4:00–6:00 pm EDT) on "Writing Successful Mission Proposals: Observations from NASA." To attend in person at the University of Colorado campus, please RSVP here. The live stream will be available here. For further details, please see the colloquium invitation. »  Details
17 May 2019
Following up on a Nov 2018 mission PI diversity workshop, the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is planning a number of exciting opportunities open to community participation, including a new website for potential PIs, pre-review mission panels to ensure diversity and reduce conflicts of interest, research proposal writing workshops at conferences and for PIs developing their first proposal, career development positions, and a presentation by SMD Associate Administrator Thomas H. Zurbuchen on proposal statistical analysis. Please see the Associate Administrator's full update here.
16 May 2019
June 1 2019 is the deadline for filling and submitting the technology gap submission form. We encourage members of the community to identify such gaps between today's state-of-the-art and what will be needed for missions identified by the 2010 Decadal Survey, the 2018 Astrophysics Implementation Plan, and/or the 30-year Astrophysics Road Map. Please see the Astrophysics Division Technologists letter for more details, including how to submit a gap.
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.

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