About the HEASARC:
Relevance to the NASA's Strategic Plan >
The Organization of HEASARC Activities
The HEASARC is one of the lead data centers supporting missions and
activities within the Science Mission Directorate.
Scientists have used the HEASARC to address at least four of the
fundamental questions in the NASA strategic plan namely:
The more detailed science goals given in the strategic plan are also
addressed by the HEASARC data holdings, namely:
- How did the Big Bang unfold?
- What happens at the edge of a black hole?
- What is causing the expansion and acceleration of the universe?
- How were stars and galaxies created?
The HEASARC technology activities also have addressed the
technology goal to "Lower mission life-cycle costs and provide
critical new capabilities through aggressive technology development."
This has been achieved by standardizing formats and reusing software,
promoting interoperability and the development of revolutionary new
tools such as Skyview.
Understand how structure in our Universe (e.g., clusters of
galaxies) emerged from the Big Bang;
- Test physical theories and reveal new phenomena throughout the
Universe, especially through the investigation of extreme
- Understand how both dark and luminous matter
determine the geometry and fate of the Universe;
- Understand the dynamical and chemical evolution of galaxies
and stars and the exchange of matter and energy among stars
and the interstellar medium.
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