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  • Universe
  • Solar System
  • Sun
  • Earth
Past
Keck Interferometer (KI)

The Keck Interferometer was a ground-based component of NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program. At... View Mission

Operating

The Kepler Mission, a NASA Discovery mission, was designed to survey a region of the Milky Way... View Mission

Operating
LBTI

The Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI) is part of NASA's overall effort to image... View Mission

Past
Leonid MAC

In November of 1998 and 1999, Earth crossed the fresh ejecta of comet Tempel -Tuttle, resulting... View Mission

Future
LISA

A new ESA LISA mission was selected in 2017 for ESA's L3 launch opportunity. LISA is a space-... View Mission

Past
ST-7/LISA

The Space Technology 7 (ST-7) Disturbance Reduction System (DRS) is flying aboard the European... View Mission

Operating

The Neutron star Interior Composition ExploreR (NICER) is a NASA Astrophysics Explorer Mission... View Mission

Operating

The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array is an Explorer mission that allows astronomers to... View Mission

Past
OAO

The Orbiting Astronomical Observatory (OAO) was a series of four satellites launched by NASA... View Mission

Past
ORFEUS-SPAS II

The ORFEUS-SPAS II mission followed the ORFEUS-SPAS I mission flown in 1993, motivated by... View Mission

Past
Planck Mission Image

The ESA-led Planck mission, formerly called COBRAS/SAMBA and renamed in honor of the German... View Mission

Past
ROSAT

ROSAT, the ROentgen SATellite, was an X-ray observatory developed through a cooperative program... View Mission

Past
RXTE

Over the course of its 16 year mission, NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE)... View Mission

Past
SAC-B

SAC-B was an international cooperative project between NASA and Argentina's National Commission... View Mission

Past
SIM

SIM/SIM-Lite was not recommended for development this decade by the Astro2010 Decadal Survey. As... View Mission

Operating

SOFIA is the largest airborne observatory in the world, and makes observations that are... View Mission

Operating

The Spitzer Space Telescope (formerly SIRTF, the Space Infrared Telescope Facility) was launched... View Mission

Past

Suzaku, formerly known as Astro-E2 or NeXT, is Japan's fifth X-ray astronomy mission, and was... View Mission

Past
SWAS

The Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite (SWAS) was launched from a Pegasus-XL vehicle into... View Mission

Operating

Swift is a first-of-its-kind multi-wavelength observatory dedicated to the study of gamma-ray... View Mission

Future
TESS

The primary mission objective for TESS is to survey nearby bright stars near the earth for... View Mission

Past
TPF

The Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) was a mission concept previously under study by NASA. It... View Mission

Future

The James Webb Space Telescope is an infrared-optimized space telescope with a large mirror, 6.5... View Mission

Future

In February 2016, after several years of preparatory studies, NASA formally started an... View Mission

Past
WIRE

The Wide-field Infrared Explorer (WIRE) was a small satellite carrying a cryogenically cooled... View Mission

Past

Launched in December of 2009, the WISE spacecraft spent over a year... View Mission

Past
WMAP Mission Image

The WMAP mission addressed fundamental questions in cosmology: What is the geometry of the... View Mission

Operating

XMM-Newton, the X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission, is the second cornerstone of the Horizon 2000... View Mission

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