Perseverance collects the first Martian sounds

Nasa’s Perseverance robot, which has been roaming the surface of Mars since February 2021, has recorded for the first time the “sound environment” of the Red Planet. An international team […]


ECLAIRs and MXT, the two French telescopes of the SVOM mission, ready to leave for China

Initiated in 2006, approved in 2013 by the French and Chinese leaders, the SVOM (Space-based Multi-band Variable astronomical Objects Monitor) mission will take off in June 2023 from the Chinese […]


Athena School Announcement

We are pleased to announce the first edition of the Athena School: “The Universe in the era of spatially resolved, high-resolution, X-ray spectroscopy”. This CNRS thematic school will be held […]

Research teams

Galaxies, High Energy Astrophysics and Cosmology (GAHEC)

Head: François RinconDeputy: Pierrick Martin Research themes Our research is articulated around four main axes combining our group members’ scientific and technical expertise: We also do research on scientific themes […]

Physics of the Sun, Stars and Exoplanets (PS2E)

Leader : Stéphane CharpinetDeputy : Laurène Jouve The research carried out by the members of the group PS2E aims to improve our understanding of stars, especially the closest of them, […]



The X-IFU is a revolutionary X-ray spectrometer. It is the one of the two instruments of the European Space Agency’s future space telescope, Athena (Advanced Telescope for High Energy Astrophysics). […]