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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's ICON to Explore Boundary Between Earth and Space Rocky? Habitable? Sizing up a Galaxy of Planets Why NASA Watches Airglow, the Colors of the (Upper Atmospheric) Wind NASA's Fermi Mission Energizes the Sky With Gamma-ray Constellations Counting Down to ICON's Launch

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Featured Explorers Movie

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Explorers Missions Status

    Launch Date: December 2021
    Phase B: Design & Technology Completion
  • ICON
    Launch Date: October 2018
    Phase D: System Assembly, Integration & Test, Launch
  • IXPE
    Launch Date: April 2021
    Phase C: Final Design & Fabrication
  • XARM
    Launch Date: January 2022
    Phase C: Final Design & Fabrication
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Explorers Organization

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