IXO collaboration Travel

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Mullard Space Science Laboratory


IXO - the International X-ray Observatory - is a proposed joint ESA-JAXA-NASA mission which will address fundamental astrophysics questions through observations at X-ray wavelengths. IXO is the next major international X-ray astronomy mission which is shortlisted within ESA's Cosmic Vision programme as an L-class mission and currently under review in the US Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey (Astro2010). IXO is the result of the merger of the ESA/JAXA XEUS and NASA Con-X mission concepts in July 2008. Both mission concepts had been under study by their respective agencies for more than a decade. XEUS originated as the natural successor to ESA's highly successful XMM-Newton project, building on four decades of X-ray astronomy success within the UK and the rest of Europe.


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