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Flight Missions Information Graphical Interface

Astronomy and Astrophysics

at the NSSDC


NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

(A Text-only version of this page is available.)

Below is a clickable image of flight missions with astronomy or astrophysics contributing significantly to the science objectives. Missions with a space/solar physics or planetary astronomy focus are generally not included on this page. The plot includes a couple of ground-based missions for completeness.

Alternatively, see the NSSDC Flight Missions listing page for a more complete listing of astrophysics missions (alphabetical listing along with wavelength information).


Clicking on a mission name in the image will take you to the NSSDC Master Catalog entry and NSSDC data archive information. Clicking on a colored bar, to the right of the mission name, will take you to the active data archive/other mission information.

plot of missions by wavelength; links to NSSDC catalog entries and mission archive/project pages
A blue bar indicates a past/current mission.

A green bar indicates a mission in development.

Please note that some of the spectral coverage is not continuous and multiple instruments may be represented above in a single line (e.g. COBE).

Click here for a high-resolution image of above plot (7.5 x 9 inches, 150 dpi, 6.0MB).

Master Catalog-AGILE AGILE; in development Master Catalog-CGRO CGRO; past/current mission Master Catalog-INTEGRAL INTEGRAL; past/current mission Master Catalog-HEAO 1 HEAO 1; past/current mission Master Catalog-Vela 5B Vela 5B; past/current mission Master Catalog-Astro-E2 AstroE2; past/current mission Master Catalog-Ginga Ginga; past/current mission Master Catalog-HETE-2 HETE-2; past/current mission Master Catalog-Beppo-SAX Beppo-SAX; past/current mission Master Catalog-RXTE RXTE; past/current mission Master Catalog-Swift Swift; past/current mission Master Catalog-Einstein Einstein; past/current mission Master Catalog-Uhuru Uhuru; past/current mission Master Catalog-Astro 1 Astro 1; past/current mission Master Catalog-ASCA ASCA; past/current mission Master Catalog-Copernicus Copernicus; past/current mission Master Catalog-Chandra Chandra; past/current mission Master Catalog-XMM XMM; past/current mission Master Catalog-ROSAT ROSAT; past/current mission Master Catalog-DXS DXS; past/current mission Master Catalog-EUVE EUVE; past/current mission Master Catalog-CHIPS CHIPS; past/current mission Master Catalog-ORFEUS ORFEUS; past/current mission Master Catalog-Astro 2 Astro 2; past/current mission Master Catalog-FUSE FUSE; past/current mission Master Catalog-IUE IUE; past/current mission Master Catalog-HST HST; past/current mission Master Catalog-GALEX GALEX; past/current mission Master Catalog-SOFIA SOFIA; in development Master Catalog-Hipparcos Hipparcos; past/current mission Master Catalog-IRTS IRTS; past/current mission Master Catalog-COBE COBE; past/current mission Master Catalog-2MASS 2MASS; past/current mission Master Catalog-ISO ISO; past/current mission Master Catalog-Spitzer Spitzer; past/current mission Master Catalog-MSX MSX; past/current mission Master Catalog-IRAS IRAS; past/current mission Master Catalog-Herschel Herschel; in development Master Catalog-Planck Planck; in development Master Catalog-MSAM/TopHat MSAM/TopHat; past/current mission Master Catalog-SWAS SWAS; past/current mission Master Catalog-MAP WMAP; past/current mission Master Catalog-HALCA HALCA; past/current mission Master Catalog-NVSS NVSS; past/current mission

If you don't see a mission listed here, you may wish to query the NSSDC Master Catalog.


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