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Astrophsyics

PCOS Mission Studies

NASA-ESA Athena Study

NASA is working with ESA to define the possible NASA contribution to this ESA-led X-ray mission.

The ESA Athena page, which should be consulted for information about the mission, is here: http://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/athena

One U.S. scientist, Randall Smith of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, has been selected for the SST. Robert Petre of GSFC and Michael Garcia of NASA/HQ are ex-officio members. The full membership of ESA's Athena SST is given in the list below (see http://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/athena/team-membership).

ESA's Athena Science Study Team

  • Xavier Barcons (IFCA, ES)
  • Didier Barret (IRAP, FR)
  • Anne Decourchelle (CEA Saclay, FR)
  • Jan-Willem den Herder (SRON, NL)
  • Andrew Fabian (Cambridge, UK)
  • Hironori Matsumoto (Nagoya U, JP)
  • Kirpal Nandra (MPE, DE)
  • Luigi Piro (INAF, IT)
  • Randall Smith (CfA, U.S.)
  • Richard Willingale (Leicester, UK)
  • January 5, 2017: AAS Athena Splinter Meeting

    December 14, 2015: Athena SST/SWG/US Co-Chairs Reports

    In November 2015, the Athena Science Study Team re-opened applications for membership to the Community Working Groups. US scientists should apply directly via the ASST web site (rather than via NASA) by the Dec 31, 2015 deadline. More information is available on ESA Athena websites for both the Athena community working group structure and membership as well as the application form.

    In July 2014, NASA issued a Dear Colleague Letter asking for community participation in the ESA Athena Science Study Team.

    In November 2014, NASA issued a second Dear Colleague Letter asking for community participation in the Athena Science Study Team Working Groups.


    The European Space Agency LISA observatory


    PCOS News

    Program News and Announcements

    29 July 2020
    SMD calls for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from currently funded researchers for augmentations and funded extensions to existing awards to help make up for increased costs directly attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic. »  Details.
    29 July 2020
    Community Announcement: Intention to Amend ROSES-20 via a Future Appendix for Payloads and Research Investigations on the Surface of the Moon (PRISM). »  Details.
    27 July 2020
    Snowmass 21 planning underway, with several topical groups on PCOS-related science. »  Details.
    23 July 2020
    New deadline set for JWST Cycle 1 General Observer proposals. Proposals will be due by 08:00 pm Eastern Time (ET) on Tuesday November 24, 2020. »  Details.
    14 July 2020
    The NASA LISA Study Team has released a report by their Science Support Task Force analyzing the impact that various levels of access, latency, and user support have on the ability of the US community to maximize the discovery potential of the ESA-led LISA mission. The report was submitted to NASA on 28 Feb 2020. [PDF] »  Details.
    8 July 2020
    NASA's Science Mission Directorate will hold a virtual community town hall with Associate Administrator for Science Thomas Zurbuchen and other members of the Science leadership team at 3 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 9. »  Details.
    7 July 2020
    Second workshop to solicit and collect community input to help create a plan and timeline, or "roadmap," for SOFIA's instrument development to be held 27–29 July 2020. »  Details.
    2 July 2020
    NASA releases final text for Astrophysics Pioneers opportunity. Notices of Intent due 13 August 2020; proposals due 1 October 2020. »  Details.
    1 July 2020
    NASA releases draft text of Citizen Science Seed Funding Program. Deadline 30 July 2020. »  Details.
    30 June 2020
    NASA defers XRISM Guest Scientist Program to 2021. »  Details.
    30 June 2020
    SOFIA Cycle 9 Calls for Proposals Released. Deadline 4 September 2020. »  Details.
    26 June 2020
    Based on extensive feedback from the community, including the recent COPAG survey and APAC discussion, the Astrophysics Data Analysis Program will be solicited in ROSES-2021. »  Details.

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