Projects

Operating Missions

PCOS Operating Missions

Chandra Chandra X-ray Observatory
Launch date: 23 July 1999
http://chandra.harvard.edu/

The Chandra X-ray Observatory, a NASA Great Observatory, provides the most detailed view to date of the X-ray universe. With its exquisite imaging capabilities and high spectral resolution scientists have investigated phenomena as diverse as the spectra of Jupiter's aurora, the effects of dark energy on the growth of galaxy clusters, and the properties of faint x-ray sources in deep fields.

Fermi Fermi
Launch date: 11 June 2008
http://fermi.gsfc.nasa.gov/

The Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope (formerly GLAST) is providing our deepest and most detailed map of the gamma-ray sky. Fermi has recorded high-energy gamma rays produced by supernovae, pulsars, extreme flows of energy from systems powered by black holes, and gamma-ray bursts.

XMM-Newton XMM-Newton
Launch date: 10 Dec 1999
http://xmm.esac.esa.int/

XMM-Newton, the X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission, is the second cornerstone of the ESA Horizon 2000 program. With high collecting area in the x-ray band, XMM provides vital information for studies of fundamental and relativistic processes from neutron stars and active galactic nuclei, the creation and dispersal of the elements in supernovae, the distribution of dark matter in clusters, groups, and elliptical galaxies, and young active stars to constrain models of the early solar system and star forming regions.

Related Operating Missions

The following missions are part of the Explorer Program, but their science is closely related to the Physics of the Cosmos Theme.

NuSTAR NuSTAR
Launch date: 13 June 2012
http://www.nustar.caltech.edu/
Suzaku Suzaku
Launch date: 10 July 2005
http://suzaku.gsfc.nasa.gov/
Swift Swift
Launch date: 20 November 2004
http://swift.gsfc.nasa.gov/

Program News

28 Mar 2014
Coming soon! Mini-symposium: High Energy Astrophysics and Cosmology from Space » Details
31 Jan 2014
PCOS Newsletter for February 2014 now available »  [PDF]

Project News

Chandra News
5 Mar 2014
Chandra and XMM-Newton Provide Direct Measurement of Distant Black Hole's Spin » Details
Fermi News
20 Feb 2014
With A Deadly Embrace, 'Spidery' Pulsars Consume Their Mates » Details
Planck News
23 Oct 2013
Last Command Sent to ESA's Planck Space Telescope
» Details
XMM-Newton News
13 Nov 2013
Black Hole Boasts Heavyweight Jets » Details

Related News

NuSTAR News
19 Feb 2014
NASA's NuSTAR Untangles Mystery of How Stars Explode » Details
Suzaku News
30 Oct 2013
Suzaku Study Points to Early Cosmic 'Seeding' » Details
Swift News
24 Jan 2014
NASA Spacecraft Take Aim At Nearby Supernova » Details