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

9 Sep 2014
Astrophysics Division of NASA's Science Mission Directorate issues open call for nominations to serve on Executive Committee of NASA's Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group »  [PDF]
7 Aug 2014
IPSIG White Paper now available »  [PDF]
1 Aug 2014
PCOS Newletter for August 2014 now available »  Details

Project News

Chandra News
16 Sep 2014
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory Finds Planet That Makes Star Act Deceptively Old » Details
Fermi News
31 Jul 2014
NASA's Fermi Space Telescope Reveals New Source of Gamma Rays » Details
Planck News
23 Oct 2013
Last Command Sent to ESA's Planck Space Telescope
» Details
XMM-Newton News
1 Sep 2014
Magnetar discovered close to supernova remnant Kesteven 79 » Details

Related News

NuSTAR News
26 Aug 2014
NuSTAR Guest Observer Program Announced » Details
Suzaku News
2 Jul 2014
Iron 'Fingerprints' Point Astronomers to Supernova Suspects » Details
Swift News
11 Jul 2014
Out of An Hours-long Explosion, A Stand-In For The First Stars » Details