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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

SwRI-Led PUNCH Mission to Image Sun's Outer Corona Enters Phase B NASA's TESS Mission Spots Its 1st Star-shredding Black Hole Black Hole Seeds Missing in Cosmic Garden Rocket Team: Are Solar Eruptions Messy, or Neat? NASA Satellite spots a Mystery That's Gone in a Flash

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Featured Explorers Movie

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Explorers Missions Status

    Launch Date: December 2021
    Phase C: Final Design & Fabrication
  • ICON
    Launch Date: October 9, 2019
    Phase D: System Assembly, Integration & Test, Launch
  • IXPE
    Launch Date: April 2021
    Phase C: Final Design & Fabrication
    Launch Date: January 2022
    Phase C: Final Design & Fabrication
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