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LISA Pathfinder Mission Accomplished

Sep 11, 2018

Gathering of LISA Pathfinder collaboration, Trento, September 11-13, 2018
The LISA Pathfinder scientific collaboration will meet in Trento, together with key representatives of the space agencies and industries that made the mission possible, to discuss the scientific results and to celebrate the outstanding success of the mission.

LISA Pathfinder is the European Space Agency (ESA) precursor mission to the LISA space-based gravitational wave observatory that the agency is developing within the Cosmic Vision Programme. LISA Pathfinder has been developed within an international collaboration led by ESA and including the space agencies of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands and United Kingdom, and NASA.

LISA Pathfinder has demonstrated that the sophisticated space-time measurements that are the core metrology for a gravitational wave observatory are indeed feasible, at and beyond the precision required by LISA, a leap of several orders of magnitude in the field of gravitational physics.

As a consequence of these results, even exceeding the mission requirements, ESA has given a final green light to the development of LISA.

The LISA Pathfinder mission concluded its post-operation phase at the end of 2018, but the scientific data it has produced will be further analysed and exploited for quite some time in the future.

Scientists, engineers and students from institutions from all over the world that have collaborated on the project, with gather in Trento on September 11-13, in the fascinating location of the Trento Museum of Science, to discuss the results and their impact on LISA, to plan future work, and to celebrate the success of their teamwork.

The event (by invitation only) is sponsored by ESA, the Italian Space Agency (ASI), the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), the University of Trento and the Trento Museum of Sciences (MUSE).