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Durham involved in new X-ray satellite mission to explore space




Durham University involved in major satellite launch mission

We’re involved in a major international satellite launch mission which aims to observe some of the most energetic objects and events in the cosmos, further advancing the science of space exploration.


Professor Chris Done, from our Department of Physics, is one of the scientists leading on the mission.


The X-Ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission (XRISM), is a ground-breaking instrument, with potential to unlock answers to important questions about the evolution of the Universe and the structure of spacetime.


An international mission with cosmic outcomes


XRISM is a collaboration between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and NASA, with significant participation from the European Space Agency (ESA).


Professor Chris Done, in our Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy, is one of two leading European scientists chosen by ESA to be involved in the project.

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