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Science Projects Branch

The dedicated team at the Science Projects Branch provides oversight and support to numerous, cutting-edge, research projects and science teams across the Division. In addition to the projects listed below, they also manage the Chandra X-ray Observatory Program.

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Earth Science



  • Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE)
  • Lynx X-ray Observatory
  • StarBurst

Optical Telescopes

  • Predictive Thermal Control (PTC)
  • Critical Technologies for Large Telescopes (CTLT)

Data Science

  • SNWG
  • TOPS


  • Full sun Ultraviolet Rocket Spectrometer (FURST),
  • Marshall Grazing Incidence X-ray Spectrometer, (MaGIXS)
  • Hinode
  • Scintillation Prediction Observations Research Task (SPORT)
  • Chromospheric Lyman-Alpha Spectro-Polarimeter (CLASP)
  • Chromospheric Lyman-Alpha Spectro-Polarimeter (CLASP 2)

Science Project Branch Links:

Chandra Website

Science Project Updates

NASA’s Chandra Notices the Galactic Center is Venting
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These images show evidence for an exhaust vent attached to a chimney releasing hot gas from a region around the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, as reported in our latest press release. In the main…

NASA’s Chandra Releases Doubleheader of Blockbuster Hits
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New movies of two of the most famous objects in the sky — the Crab Nebula and Cassiopeia A — are being released from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. Each includes X-ray data collected by Chandra over about two decades. They…

Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) General Observer Proposals Accepted
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Several funding proposals for General Observer (GO) IXPE observations have been accepted by NASA headquarters. They are “X-ray polarization of a TeV binary” and “X-ray polarimetry of bright atoll sources” led by Philip Kaaret and “Unraveling particle acceleration in astrophysical…

Chandra Attends “Rocket Fair” SSFC Outreach Event
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Chandra was represented at the “Rocket Fair” event tied to NASA’s annual Student Launch event. ~1200 students from across the country were in attendance to showcase their model rocket concepts and browse other team setups. It was a very captive…

Travel Through Data from Space in New 3D Instagram Experiences
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These Chandra Instagram experiences join a space-themed collection in Instagram from recent years, that includes NASA mission control, the International Space Station, and the Perseverance Rover on Mars. The objects in the new Chandra Instagram collection include the Tycho supernova…