Astrophysics Strategic Mission Concept Studies [AMSCS] is an program within the National Aeronautics and Space Administration agency of the United States government for possible projects leading to probable prospective missions.


Pre-proposal workshops were held in October 2007.[1][2] The Astrophysics Strategic Mission Concept Studies (ASMCS) awards were made in the spring of 2008.


Proposals for the study of planets external to the Solar System [3] include; the evaluation of the most effective means for the direct studies of exoplanets provided affirmation for the use of starshades.[4][5] Planet Hunter Deep search of 65 nearby stars for Earth analogs.[6] Mark Clampin/Goddard Space flight centre - Extrasolar planet imaging coronograph-to produce fundamental physical characteristics of giant planets in other planetary systems.[7] Detecting Extrasolar Planets by Sharing the Burden [8]

Actively Corrected Coronagraph Exoplanet System StudiesEdit

The actively corrected coronograph for exoplanet system studies ; the principal investigator of this project is J.Trauger [9] working at the California Jet propulsion laboratory.[10][11]

Actively Corrected Coronagraph Exoplanet System StudiesEdit

(pupil mapping exoplanet coronograph) (Olivier Guyon University of Arizona)-1.4 metre optical telescope fitted with a phase-induced amplitude apodization coronagraph, to image and characterize nearby exoplanets and zodiacal dust in stars zones considered to contain planets habitable to possible life.[12]

Actively Corrected Coronagraph Exoplanet System StudiesEdit

(dilute aperture visible nulling coronograph) project . This is a 1.1 metre telescope array. The lead investigator is Michael Shao.[13]

Additional proposalsEdit

James Adams/National Space Science and Orbiting Centre Orbiting Astronomical Spectrometer in Space - the goal of the OASIS mission is to identify the site and sites where Galactic cosmic ray originate and are accelerated.

Roger Brissenden [14] /Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory A concept of the technology required for Generation X: A Large Area and High resolution X-ray observatory to study the early universe.The gen-x mission is designed to observe the first black-holes and stars at redshift z~10-20.And wil trace the evolution through cosmic time of galaxies and there elements using X-ray spectroscopy.

Jonathon Grindley [15]/Harvard -EXIST

See alsoEdit


  1. [Retrieved 2011-10-30]
  2. Actively Corrected Coronagraph Exoplanet System Studies [Retrieved 2011-10-30]
  3. Yale University & Zooniverse ( homepage) || search for exoplants from data released by the NASA Kepler mission open to public participation Retrieved 2011-12-24]
  4. Cash, Webster The New Worlds Observer: The Astrophysics Strategic Mission Concept Study NAVAL OBSERVATORY WASHINGTON DC AUG 2009 DTIC online [Retrieved 2011-12-23] (2011-10-30)
  5. CASA at the University of Colorado [Retrieved 2011-12-23]
  6. [Retrieved 2011-10-30] (2011-12-24)
  7. EPIC [Retrieved 2011-10-30] (2011-12-24)
  8. XPC [Retrieved 2011-10-30] (2011-12-24)
  9. (this link is including ten selected publications by J.Trauger) NASA people + [Retrieved 2011-12-24]
  10. ACCESS [Retrieved 2011-10-30] (2011-12-24)
  11. [Retrieved 2011-11-24]
  12. PECO [Retrieved 2011-10-30] (2011-12-24)
  13. DAViNCI [Retrieved 2011-10-30] (2011-12-24)
  14. [Retrieved 2011-10-30]
  15. National Research Council (U.S.). Astronomy and Astrophysics Survey Committee The decade of discovery in astronomy and astrophysics (181 pages) National Academies, 1991 [Retrieved 2011-10-30]
  • STSI [Retrieved 2011-10-30]

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