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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.

    Credit: Peter Kurczynski, NASA & NSF

    Question: How do you move
    a $10B spacecraft?

    Answer: Very carefully!
    Videos Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

    COR News and Events

    Current Events

    25 October 2021
    SACNAS Conference – October 25-29, 2021 »  Details.

    Upcoming Events

    28 October 2021
    UV STIG: ULTRASAT: High efficiency near-UV imaging, coming to a sky near you! »  Details.
    2 November 2021
    IR SIG: Q-band single pixel receiver for EVLA and Cryo phased array receiver research »  Details.
    2 November 2021
    Stars SIG: Stellar Science and the Rubin Observatory »  Details.

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    Program News and Announcements

    30 September 2021
    Apply to the COPAG Executive Committee »  Details.
    Continuing call for nominations to the Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG) Executive Committee. »  Details.
    30 September 2021
    Astrophysics Advisory Committee Meeting 13 & 15 October 2021 »  Details.
    30 September 2021
    Roman Space Telescope Astrophysics Survey – Your Input Needed »  Details.
    4 August 2021
    New!! Science Interest Groups Forming. »  Details.
    4 August 2021
    ROSES Strategic Astrophysics Technology opportunity will focus on Astro2020 Recommendations. »  Details.

    Project News


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