Wednesday, July 11, 2007

LISA - Beyond Einstein

The Beyond Einstein Program consists of five proposed missions:

two major observatories and three smaller probes. Technology development already is under way on the proposed observatories. The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) would orbit the sun and measure gravitational waves in our galaxy and beyond.

Constellation-X would peer at matter falling into supermassive black holes. The planned probes would investigate the nature of dark energy, the physics of the Big Bang, and the distribution and types of black holes in the universe.

LISA is one project under study by the Einstein Probes Office. To study gravitational waves, LISA would “float” over them, much like a buoy on choppy seas. Image credit: NASA

Original Source: NASA will study Strange Cosmic Phenomena
Einstein's Theory of General Relativity ~podcast~ from Universe Today
Spitzer Finds Water Vapour on Hot, Alien Planet press release 11/07/07
NASA's Stardust & Deep Impact to Observe More Comets And Extrasolar Planets

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