Beyond Einstein program

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The Beyond Einstein program is a NASA project designed to explore the limits of Einstein's theory of General Relativity. The project includes two space observatories, and several observational cosmology probes. The program culminates with the Einstein Vision probes, after completion of the Great Observatories program.

Constellation-X and the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) have been promoted by NASA as the Einstein Great Observatories, to differentiate them from the current generation. However, they are not a part of the Great Observatories program.[1]

Program missions[edit]

Einstein Great Observatories[edit]

Einstein Probes[edit]

The science of the Dark Energy Probe was folded into the WFIRST mission upon recommendation by a National Research Council committee in 2010.

Einstein Vision missions[edit]

  • Big Bang Observer, a follow-up mission to LISA and Inflation Probe, also a gravitational-wave observatory
  • Black-Hole Imager (MAXIM): an X-ray observation of infalling gas at the event horizon of a black hole; a follow-up to HTXS and BHFP

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Great Observatories". Beyond Einstein. NASA. Archived from the original on 2007-11-03. Retrieved 2007-11-28. 
  2. ^ "LISA on the NASA website". NASA. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "ESA's new vision to study the invisible universe". ESA. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 

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