The X-ray astronomy group at MSFC has been on the forefront of scientific investigations
of solar system objects using the Chandra X-ray Observatory. This effort has been in
collaboration with numerous colleagues in the planetary sciences and has led to our
broader interests in various aspects in the development of future planetary and lunar
Here are recent papers on
The Discovery of Oxygen Ka X-ray Emission from the Rings of Saturn, on an
X-ray Flare at Saturn, a pulsating
auroral hot spot on Jupiter, a general review of
X-ray emission from Planets, Moons, and Comets, and the
discovery of soft X-ray emission from Io, Europa, and the Io Plasma Torus.
Other publications can be found on our general
An older HTML summary of
analysis of observations of Jupiter is also available.
Research in these areas has led to our involvement with plans for future planetary
missions including a
concept study for a mission to Jupiter and a design for
remote mapping of the lunar surface elements.