The Hot and Energetic Universe

ATHENA (Advanced Telescope for High-Energy Astrophysics) is an X-ray mission selected by ESA within its Cosmic Vision Program to address the Hot and Energetic Universe scientific theme. The outstanding capabilities of Athena as an observatory are expected to make a profound impact in essentially all fields of Astrophysics, from understanding the structure and energetics of stellar winds to probing the physics of the enrichment and heating of our Galaxy's Inter-stellar Medium by supernova explosions.


An ESA mission to exceed current X-ray observatories

The Athena mission will be the next generation large X-ray observatory offering spatially-resolved X-ray spectroscopy and deep wide-field X-ray spectral imaging with performance greatly exceeding that offered by current X-ray observatories. It was selected in 2014 by ESA to become the second L-class mission of its Cosmic Vision programme.

ICE's participation

Our institute host a member of the Athena Science Study Team, the scientific steering committee appointed by ESA. About 10 scientists of our institute are listed as contributors to the Athena Topical Panels.


Senior institute members involved

Meet the senior researcher who leads our participation in the ATHENA mission.

  • Nanda Rea

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