Goddard Space Flight Center Future Missions

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Future Missions

  • Artists rendering of the Astro-H mission.

    Astro-H  →

    Astro-H is a facility-class mission to be launched on a JAXA H-IIA into low Earth orbit.

  • artist concept of GOES

    GOES Missions  →

    GOES satellites provide a constant vigil for the atmospheric "triggers" for severe weather conditions such as tornadoes, flash floods, hail storms and hurricanes.

  • Artist concept of IXO spacecraft

    International X-ray Observatory  →

    The International X-ray Observatory (IXO) – a joint effort of NASA, ESA, and JAXA– combines a large X-ray mirror with powerful new instrumentation that will explore the high energy Universe.

  • artist concept of JWST

    James Webb Space Telescope

    The James Webb Space Telescope is a large, infrared-optimized space telescope that is designed to study the earliest galaxies and some of the first stars formed after the Big Bang.

  • A slice through the structure of the universe produced by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey

    Joint Dark Energy Mission  →

    The first of the Einstein Probes, the Joint Dark Energy Mission (JDEM) mission will make precise measurements of the expansion rate of the universe to understand how this rate has changed with time. These measurements will yield vital clues about the nature of dark energy.

  • artist concept of LISA probes

    LISA  →

    As the first dedicated space-based gravitational wave observatory, the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna will detect waves generated by binary stars within our galaxy and by massive black holes in distant galaxies.

  • artist concept of TESS

    Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite  →

     In a two-year survey of the solar neighborhood, TESS will monitor more than 500,000 stars for temporary drops in brightness caused by planetary transits.

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