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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 News

Revolutions in Understanding the Ionosphere, Earth's Interface to Space NASA's Sun-Observing IRIS Mission ScienceCasts: The Mystery of Coronal Heating NASA Finds Unusual Origins of High-Energy Electrons Rains of Terror on Exoplanet HD 189733b NASA Missions Harvest a Passel of 'Pumpkin' Stars

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Explorers Missions Status

  • GOLD
    Launch Date: 3rd Quarter 2017
    Phase D: System Assembly, Test, & Launch
  • ICON
    Launch Date: June 2017
    Phase D: System Assembly, Test, & Launch
    Launch Date: February 2017
    Phase D: System Assembly, Test, & Launch
  • TESS
    Launch Date: March 2018
    Phase C: Final Design & Fabrication
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