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LISA & LISA Pathfinder

LISA will be a large-scale space mission designed to detect one of the most elusive phenomena in astronomy - gravitational waves. With LISA we will be able to observe the entire universe directly with gravitational waves, learning about the formation of structure and galaxies, stellar evolution, the early universe, and the structure and nature of spacetime itself. The LISA proposal for the L3 mission slot was accepted by ESA in June 2017 and the mission is currently in the first planning stages.

The LISA Pathfinder Mission successfully paved the way for the LISA mission by demonstrating the key technologies for a large gravitational wave observatory in space. The results show that LISA Pathfinder is working to a precision better than required for LISA. The LISA Pathfinder mission was launched on 3rd December 2015 and ended in July 2017.

Latest news and consortium activities

Date Title Summary
Dec 03, 2015
LISA Pathfinder launches successfully on 3 Dec 2015 LISA Pathfinder lifted off on Ariane Spaceflight VV06 atop the sixth Vega rocket on 3...
Jan 13, 2016
Laser light for LISA Pathfinder Since December 3, 2015, LISA Pathfinder is in space and still on the way to its target...
Jan 13, 2016
Laserlicht für LISA Pathfinder Erste Systeme der wissenschaftlichen Nutzlast erfolgreich eingeschaltet und getestet
Jan 22, 2016
LISA Pathfinder arrives at Lagrange Point 1! After a six-week journey, LISA Pathfinder arrived at its destination today, an orbit...
Feb 16, 2016
Both LISA Pathfinder test masses released successfully! Test cubes floating freely inside LISA PathfinderESA’s LISA Pathfinder has released both...

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