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Astrophsyics

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.


    Record Broken: Hubble Spots Farthest Star Ever Seen


    Webb Telescope in Focus!

    Ready for commissioning, see press release.


    COR News and Events

    See our new Events Calendar

    Upcoming Events

    7–9 June 2022
    Unique Science from the Moon in the Artemis Era Workshop »  Details.
    11–12 June 2022
    240th American Astronomical Society Meeting »  Details.

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    Program News and Announcements

    10 May 2022
    Unique Science from the Moon in the Artemis Era Workshop »  Details.
    28 April 2022
    National Academies Board on Physics and Astronomy — Spring 2022 Meeting »  Details.
    27 April 2022
    NASA Response to Astro2020 Decadal Survey, Dr. Paul Hertz, Division Director, Astrophysics Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA »  Details.
    11 April 2022
    NASA Astrophysics Division Town Hall | May 3, 2022 »  Details.
    19 January 2022
    NASA PCOS/COR Program Office Announces Upcoming International Workshop on Time Domain Astronomy/Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (TDAMM) »  Details.
    13 January 2022
    NASA Astrophysics Division Director Position Advertisement »  Details.
    Continuing call for nominations to the Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG) Executive Committee. »  Details.

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