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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
Apr 17, 2017
NASA Team Explores Using LISA Pathfinder as a 'Comet Crumb' Detector LISA Pathfinder, a mission led by the European Space Agency (ESA) with contributions from...
Apr 04, 2017
The LISA Consortium mourns Pierre Binetruy Pierre was one of the greatest scientists in the LISA community, an overwhelming driving...
Jan 13, 2017
The L3 LISA Mission proposal was submitted today! LISA Mission L3 Proposal submitted to ESA
Jan 09, 2017
The AEI mourns a gravitational-wave research pioneer Prof. Dr. Heinz Billing dies on 4 January 2017 at the age of 102 - Obituary
Dec 13, 2016
LISA Pathfinder's pioneering mission continues: Mission gets a six month extension On 7 December, LISA Pathfinder started the extended phase of its mission, an additional...

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