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The Explorers Program

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.

Latest Explorers Program News


NASA Missions Help Pinpoint the Source of a Unique X-ray, Radio Burst New Evidence Our Neighborhood in Space Is Stuffed With Hydrogen New Research Explores How Super Flares Affect Planets’ Habitability NASA’s TESS Creates a Cosmic Vista of the Northern Sky ‘Echo Mapping’ in Faraway Galaxies Could Measure Vast Cosmic Distances

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Featured Explorers Movie


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Explorers Missions Status

  • AWE
    Launch Date: July 2022
    Phase B: Design & Technology Completion
  • CASE
    Launch Date: 2028
    Phase B: Design & Technology Completion
  • Euclid
    Launch Date: 2022
    Phase D: System Assembly, Integration & Test, Launch
  • GUSTO
    Launch Date: December 2021
    Phase C: Final Design & Fabrication
  • IXPE
    Launch Date: November 2021
    Phase D: System Assembly, Integration & Test, Launch
  • PUNCH
    Launch Date: February 2023
    Phase B: Design & Technology Completion
  • SPHEREx
    Launch Date: June 2024
    Phase B: Design & Technology Completion
  • SunRISE
    Launch Date: July 2023
    Phase B: Design & Technology Completion
  • TRACERS
    Launch Date: May 2024
    Phase B: Design & Technology Completion
  • XRISM
    Launch Date: JFY 2022
    Phase D: System Assembly, Integration & Test, Launch
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Explorers Organization

Explorers Organization Chart

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