ESA's (European Space Agency) LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna) Pathfinder spacecraft demonstrated technologies required for LISA, a future space probe designed to detect ripples in space-time called gravitational waves. NASA provided the mission’s disturbance reduction system, which consisted of a novel type of precision thruster and specialized controls for achieving drag-free flight. NASA scientists also participated in the science operations and analysis of LISA Pathfinder data.
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Dec. 3, 2015
June 30, 2017
LISA Pathfinder Mission Paves Way for Space-based Detection of Gravitational Waves
LISA Pathfinder, a mission led by the European Space Agency (ESA) with contributions from NASA, has successfully tested a key…