The study of the most powerful phenomena in the Universe

The key factor in the development of astrophysics in the last decades was the possibility to broaden the observable band to the entire electromagnetic spectrum, which was previously confined to visible radiation, and detect all the high energy particles coming from celestial objects. This became possible only when we were able to carry telescopes and detectors out of the absorbing screen of the atmosphere. High energy astrophysics, in X and gamma bands, is therefore a relatively young science, born with the conquer of space, and Italians can be regarded among the fathers of this branch of modern astronomy: Bruno Rossi in the United States and Giuseppe Occhialini, known as “Beppo”, in Europe were actually the first to develop observation techniques and experiment in this field.

‣ All the missions

AGILE

AGILE ‣

AGILE (Light Imager for Gamma-ray Astrophysics) is an Italian mission targeted at studying the high-energy Universe

XMM-NEWTON

XMM-NEWTON ‣

The X-ray Multi-Mirror mission, renamed XMM-Newton in honour of the British physicist, is the most important European contribution to astronomy in the X-ray band.

SWIFT

SWIFT ‣

SWIFT is MIDEX-NASA class mission, targeted at high-energy astrophysics and designed in cooperation with Italy and United Kingdom.

FERMI

FERMI ‣

FERMI is a large-area space telescope to detect gamma-rays

CALET

CALET ‣

CALET is an observatory operating on the International Space Station, specialized in measuring cosmic electrons

AMS-02

AMS-02 ‣

The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) is a particle detector operating as an International Space Station external module

INTEGRAL

INTEGRAL ‣

INTEGRAL is a European mission in partnership with Russia and United States, aimed at observing one of the most energetic radiations in the Universe from space


ATHENA

ATHENA ‣

ATHENA is the second ESA large-class mission, and it will be the large-scale, next-generation X-ray astrophysics observatory, with expected launch in 2030

GAPS

GAPS ‣

GAPS is an experiment carried out on a stratospheric balloon to study and research the antimatter component in cosmic rays

IXPE

IXPE ‣

L’Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer is a mission under development, which is part of the NASA SMEX space programme, whose principal investigator is Dr. Martin Weisskopf from the NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, Alabama, United States.

BEPPOSAX

BEPPOSAX ‣

An Italian satellite, pioneer in the study of X sources

‣ News

MONDAY 19 APRIL 2021

ENTRUSTED survey is under way ‣

ENTRUSTED is a European research project coordinated by the European GNSS Agency MORE...

WEDNESDAY 31 MARCH 2021

THE UNDERSECRETARY TO THE PRESIDENCY OF THE COUNCIL, BRUNO TABACCI, VISITS THE ASI ‣

After receiving the mandate for space activities by the Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, on March 19th, 2021, the honorable Bruno Tabacci visited the Italian Space Agency premises MORE...

WEDNESDAY 31 MARCH 2021

THE LAUNCH OF MORE-ASI, A NEW INITIATIVE FOR THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY ‣

A cycle of monthly virtual meetings on space sciences MORE...

WEDNESDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2021

COSMO-SkyMed data capture the reawakening of Hawaiʻi’s Kīlauea Volcano ‣

Results from Hawaii Supersite, a CEOS WG Disasters supported initiative MORE...

THURSDAY 17 DECEMBER 2020

Josef Aschbacher is the new ESA Director General ‣

The ESA Council appointed Dr Josef Aschbacher as the next Director General of ESA MORE...