The Athena Project
Athena Kick-off Meeting at MPE January 29/30 2014
In March 2011 ESA announced its decision to reformulate its large mission candidates
in the light of changing boundary conditions for international participation, particularly
from NASA. As part of this reformulation exercise, a new
study team was appointed to look into a new, large X-ray observatory called Athena
(Advanced Telescope for High Energy Astrophysics).
A study report will be submitted to ESA at the end of 2011, for consideration by the
advisory structure and an eventual decision expected by the ESA SPC in February 2012.
The baseline Athena mission consists of a pair of X-ray
telescopes with two focal plane
instruments, an X-ray calorimeter spectrometer (XMS) and a Wide Field Imager (WFI). The
science goals of Athena are the study of energetic cosmic sources,
ranging from black holes to the large scale structure of the universe. The
science performance of Athena
provides a major advance over currently-operating facilities in a number of respects,
enabling a wide range of new scientific investigations.
Simulated 1Ms Athena/WFI image of the
Chandra Deep Field South
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last update: 3-Juni-2011, by Thomas Boller, Joachim Paul and Harald Baumgartner