LISA Pathfinder

LISA Pathfinder Mission Paves Way for Space-based Detection of Gravitational Waves

LISA Pathfinder Mission Paves Way for Space-based Detection of Gravitational Waves

LISA Pathfinder, a mission led by the European Space Agency (ESA) with contributions from NASA, has successfully tested a key technology needed to build a space-based observatory for detecting gravitational waves. These tiny ripples in the fabric of space, predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago, were first seen last year by the ground-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).

LISA Pathfinder will pave the way for us to ‘see’ black holes for the first time

LISA Pathfinder will pave the way for us to ‘see’ black holes for the first time

It has been a century since Einstein presented his theory of general relativity but it is still helping us unveil some of the deepest mysteries of the universe. Now the LISA pathfinder mission will prepare the way for us to study violent events that we’ve never seen before – such as the creation of massive black holes.