The WSO-UV will work as a targeted scientific observatory. Three scientific programs will be carried out at the observatory.
- Core Program is defined to allow the conduction of high impact or legacy scientific projects that deserve large amounts of observing time. They are selected on the basis of their scientific excellence.
- Funding Bodies Program is the guaranteed time granted to each one of the national bodies funding the WSO-UV project.
- Open Program consists of astronomical observations obtained with the WSO-UV by astronomers who may or may not belong to the WSO-UV international consortium. It is open to excellent scientific projects from the world-wide community and occupies up to 40% of total observational time.
WSO-UV will provide observations of exceptional importance for the study of several astrophysical problems. The mission has following key scientific objectives:
- Physics of the early Universe.The determination of the diffuse baryonic content in the Universe and its chemical evolution.
- Star formation, chemical evolution of galaxies.
- The physics of accretion and outflows: the astronomical engines.
- Extrasolar planetary atmospheres and astrochemistry in presence of strong UV radiation fields.
- Physics of stellar atmospheres, mass loss, chromospheric activity of stars.