Flight Missions Information Graphical Interface - Text Version

Astronomy and Astrophysics

at the NSSDC

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This page is a text-only representation of the NSSDC "Astronomy and Astrophysics Flight Missions - Graphical Interface" page, which shows a plot of missions by wavelength.


This page lists 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. This page 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 the mission name below will take you to the NSSDC Master Catalog entry and NSSDC data archive information. Clicking on the mission's status as a "past/current" mission or a mission "in development," will take you to the active data archive/other mission information.

Please note that some missions carry instruments that covering more than one wavelength region, but are listed only once (e.g. Astro 1, which has X-ray and UV instruments, but is listed under "X-rays").

Also note that some of the spectral coverage is not continuous and multiple instruments may be represented by a single wavelength range (e.g. COBE).


Gamma-Rays

AGILE (30 MeV - 50 GeV): past/current mission
CGRO (30 keV - 30 GeV): past/current mission
INTEGRAL (15 keV - 10 MeV): past/current mission

X-rays

HEAO 1 (0.2 keV - 10 MeV): past/current mission
Vela 5B (3 - 750 keV): past/current mission
Astro-E2 (0.4 - 700 keV): past/current mission
Ginga (1 - 400 keV): past/current mission
HETE-2 (0.5 - 400 keV): past/current mission
Beppo-SAX (0.1 - 300 keV): past/current mission
RXTE (2 - 250 keV): past/current mission
Swift (10 - 150 keV): past/current mission
Einstein (HEAO 2) (0.2 - 20 keV): past/current mission
Uhuru (2 - 20 keV): past/current mission
Astro 1 (0.3 - 12 keV, 42.5 - 320 nm): past/current mission
ASCA (0.4 - 10 keV): past/current mission
Copernicus (0.5 - 10.0 keV, 90 - 315 nm): past/current mission
Chandra (0.1 - 10 keV): past/current mission
XMM-Newton (0.2 - 10 keV): past/current mission
ROSAT (0.1 - 2.5 keV): past/current mission
DXS (0.15 - 0.28 keV): past/current mission

Ultraviolet

EUVE (7 - 76 nm): past/current mission
CHIPS (9 - 26 nm): past/current mission
ORFEUS (40 - 125 nm): past/current mission
Astro 2 (42.5 - 320 nm): past/current mission
FUSE (90.5-118.7 nm): past/current mission
IUE (115 - 320 nm): past/current mission
GALEX (130 - 300 nm): past/current mission

Visible

HST (115 - 2500 nm): past/current mission
Hipparcos (375 - 750 nm): past/current mission

Infrared

SOFIA (0.3 - 1000 microns): in development
IRTS (1 - 1000 microns): past/current mission
COBE (1.25 - 10,000 microns): past/current mission
2 MASS (1.25 - 2.17 microns): past/current mission
ISO (2.5 - 240 microns): past/current mission
Spitzer (3 - 180 microns): past/current mission
MSX (4.2 - 26 microns): past/current mission
IRAS (12 - 100 microns): past/current mission

Microwave

Herschel (0.60 - 0.67 mm): in development
Planck (0.33 - 10 mm): in development
MSAM/TopHat (0.4 - 4.4 mm): past/current mission
SWAS (0.55 - 0.61 mm): past/current mission
WMAP (3.3 - 13.6 mm): past/current mission

Radio

HALCA (1.7 - 23 GHz): past/current mission
NVSS (1.4 GHz): 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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