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About Cosmic Origins

How did we get here?

Answering this question is one of the key goals in NASA's Astrophysics Division, and is the main objective of its Cosmic Origins (COR) Program.

Here are some of the topics our work focuses on:

  • Stellar lifecycles and the evolution of the elements
  • Early formation and evolution of planetary systems
  • Archaeology of the Milky Way and its neighbors
  • History and evolution of galaxies and supermassive black holes
  • First light and reionization
  • No one mission or observatory can provide all the answers. The Cosmic Origins Program includes telescopes that together operate across much of the electromagnetic spectrum. From the iconic Hubble Space Telescope‚Äôs groundbreaking science to the future discoveries awaiting us with the James Webb Space Telescope and more to come, Cosmic Origin's facilities help us in our search for answers to the biggest questions about our universe and its origins.

    Hispanic Heritage month is taking place from Thursday, September 15th through Saturday, October 15th this year. Look for us at the SACNAS National Diversity in STEM conference taking place in October: https://www.sacnas.org/conference

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    COR News and Events

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    Current and Upcoming Events

    Continuing Call for Nominations to the Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG) Executive Committee. »  Details.
    29 September 2022
    Apply now for the COPAG Executive Committee! The deadline for applications is Friday, October 7th »  Details.
    4 October 2022
    Stars SIG Seminar: The First Settlers of the Universe are in our Backyard »  Details.
    11–13 October 2022
    Precursor Science Workshop II Delayed »  Details.
    18 October 2022
    Stars SIG Seminar: Theoretical Stellar Modelling: What Hard Thing is Next? »  Details.
    1 November 2022
    Stars SIG Seminar: We Need You: Getting Involved with the Next Great Observatories »  Details.
    1 November 2022
    NASA Postdoctoral Program Applications Due »  Details.
    November 2022
    Hubble Fellowship Program Applicatons Due »  Details.
    12–14 December 2022
    Conference: First Science Results from JWST »  Details.

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    Program News and Announcements

    23 September 2022
    Apply for the Astrophysics Mission Design School (AMDS) | September, 28th, 2022 »  Details.
    23 September 2022
    Precursor Science Workshop II: Request for Community Input on Precursor Science Topics for the Future Great Observatories | October 11–13th, 2022 »  Details.
    23 September 2022
    International AGN Seminar Series | September 27th, 2022. »  Details.
    15 September 2022
    JWST Conference @ Sexten on 10–14 July 2023. Opening of abstract submission on November 30. »  Details.
    9 September 2022
    ASD Call for Nominations to the COPAG Executive Committee »  Details.

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