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NASA Selects Proposals to Study Neutron Stars, Black Holes and More

07.30.15 – NASA has selected five proposals submitted to its Explorers Program to conduct focused scientific investigations and develop instruments that fill the scientific gaps between the agency's larger missions.

The selected proposals, three Astrophysics Small Explorer missions and two Explorer Missions of Opportunity, will study polarized X-ray emissions from neutron star-black hole binary systems, the exponential expansion of space in the early universe, galaxies in the early universe, and star formation in our Milky Way galaxy.

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The mission of the Explorers Program is to provide frequent flight opportunities for world-class scientific investigations from space utilizing innovative, streamlined and efficient management approaches within the heliophysics and astrophysics science areas.

The program seeks to enhance public awareness of, and appreciation for, space science and to incorporate educational and public outreach activities as integral parts of space science investigations.

Explorers Missions Status

  • Astro-H
    Launch Date: November 2015
    Phase C/D: Design & Development
  • GOLD
    Launch Date: 2017
    Phase B: Preliminary Design & Technology Development
  • ICON
    Launch Date: June 2017
    Phase B: Preliminary Design & Technology Development
    Launch Date: August 2016
    Phase B: Preliminary Design & Technology Development
  • TESS
    Launch Date: August 2017
    Phase B: Preliminary Design & Technology Development
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