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The Polarized Radiation Interferometer for Spectral disTortions and INflation Exploration (PRISTINE) is a space mission which has been recently proposed to answer the ESA F-mission call, aimed at addressing two key questions of the ESA Cosmic Vision 2015 – 2025 programme:

1) What has powered inflation? and
2) How did the Universe evolve?

Project Status :
Proposed

MIRI is the mid-infrared instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope and provides imaging, coronagraphy and integral field spectroscopy over the 5-28 micron wavelength range. MIRI is one of four instruments being built for the Webb telescope. It is being developed as a partnership between Europe and the USA - the main partners are ESA, a consortium of nationally funded European institutes, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC).

 

Contact at IAS: Alain Abergel

Project Status :
In progress

MICMOC est l’acronyme de Matière Interstellaire et Cométaire : Molécules Organiques Compexes et s’intéresse à la formation, l’évolution et la caractérisation de la matière organique extraterrestre, que celle-ci soit interstellaire ou interplanétaire (cométaire pour l’essentiel).

 

Project Status :
In progress

PRONEXT (PROcessus NEbulaires à la surface des grains EXTraterrestres

 

Project Status :
In progress

The European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory (formerly called Far Infrared and Sub-millimetre Telescope or FIRST) has the largest single mirror ever built for a space telescope. At 3.5-metres in diameter the mirror will collect long-wavelength radiation from some of the coldest and most distant objects in the Universe. In addition, Herschel is the only space observatory to cover a spectral range from the far infrared to sub-millimetre.

 

Contact at IAS: Alain Abergel & Alexandre Beelen

Project Status :
In progress

INGMAR (IrradiatioN de Glaces et Météorites Analysées par Réflectance VIS-IR

Project Status :
In progress

Euclid is an ESA mission that will map the geometry of the Dark Universe. The mission will investigate the distance-redshift relationship and the evolution of cosmic structures by measuring shapes and redshifts of galaxies and clusters of galaxies out to redshifts ~2, or equivalently to a look-back time of 10 billion years. In this way, Euclid will cover the entire period over which Dark Energy played a significant role in accelerating the expansion of the Universe.

 

Contact IAS: Nabila AghanimHervé Dole

Project Status :
In progress

SICAL (Simulateur d'Irradiation de Carbones Amorphes en Laboratoire)

 

Project Status :
In progress

PILOT (Polarized Instrument for Long wavelength Observation of the Tenuous interstellar medium) is a balloon-borne astrophysics experiment (CNES) designed for the measurement of the polarised light emmitted by interstellar dust grains.

 

 

Contact at IAS: Jonathan Aumont

Project Status :
In progress
ATHENA – Advanced Telescope for High-ENergy Astrophysics – will be an X-ray telescope designed to address the Cosmic Vision science theme 'The Hot and Energetic Universe' of the European Space Agency. The theme poses two key astrophysical questions:
Project Status :
In progress

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