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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

NuSTAR Spots Temperature Swings of Black Hole Winds NuSTAR Helps Find Universe’s Brightest Pulsars 10 Years Strong with NASA’s THEMIS Mission NuSTAR Helps Solve ‘Rapid Burster’ Mystery NuSTAR Finds New Clues to ‘Chameleon Supernova’ Black Holes Hide in Our Cosmic Backyard

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Featured Explorers Movie

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Explorers Missions Status

  • GOLD
    Launch Date: January 2018
    Phase D: System Assembly, Integration & Test, Launch
  • ICON
    Launch Date: December 8, 2017
    Phase D: System Assembly, Integration & Test, Launch
  • IXPE
    Launch Date: November 2020
    Phase B: Design & Technology Completion
  • TESS
    Launch Date: March 2018
    Phase D: System Assembly, Integration & Test, Launch
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Related Links

Explorers Organization

Explorers Organization Chart


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