UC Berkeley will manage $300 million NASA mission to map the UV universe

March 25, 2024

New_view_UVEX3.650px UVEX, a new NASA space telescope designed to explore the ultraviolet sky, will be equipped with a wide-field, two-band imager and long, multi-width slit spectrometer. Led by Caltech and managed by UC Berkeley, the mission is expected to launch in 2030. Courtesy of NASA

UltraViolet EXplorer (UVEX), led by Caltech and managed by UC Berkeley, is expected to launch in 2030

An orbiting space telescope approved by NASA last month and scheduled for launch in 2030 will conduct the first all-sky survey of ultraviolet (UV) sources in the cosmos, providing valuable information on how galaxies and stars evolve, both today and in the distant past.

The $300 million satellite mission, called UVEX (UltraViolet EXplorer), will be managed by the Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at the University of California, Berkeley. The mission’s principal investigator is Fiona Harrison, a UC Berkeley Ph.D. recipient who is a professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California.

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