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Cosmic Origins Projects

Future Missions

James Webb Space Telescope

Scheduled to launch in late 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope’s powerful infrared vision will observe the first galaxies that formed during the Big Bang, witness stars forming planetary systems, and more.

Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope

The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope is designed to unravel the secrets of dark energy and dark matter, observe exoplanets, and explore many topics in infrared astrophysics.

Related Future Missions


Athena will be an X-ray telescope with cutting-edge instruments. It was selected as the second largest mission in the European Space Agency’s Cosmic Vision program.


This is a planned mission to investigate dark matter and dark energy. Euclid has passed its preliminary design review.

X-Ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission (XRISM)

This will be a collaborative mission between JAXA and NASA, with European Space Agency participation. XRISM will investigate X-ray objects with high-throughput imaging and high-resolution spectroscopy.

Webb Ships to Launch Site
in August

James Webb Space Telescope

On Schedule to Launch

COR News and Upcoming Events

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Program News and Announcements

Continuing call for nominations to the Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG) Executive Committee. »  Details.
30 May 2021
Second QUEST Meeting and Presentation to be held 03 June 2021. »  Details.
17 May 2021
Update on Technology Gap Prioritization »  Details.
17 May 2021
25 May 2021: Infrared Science Interest Group (IR SIG) Webinar »  Details.
17 May 2021
ROSES Astrophysics Theory Program Information Session on 24 May 2021 »  Details.
12 May 2021
Special Online Event, 13 May 2021: Quorum for Ultraviolet Exploration of Science and Technology (QUEST). »  Meeting Details and Invite.

Project News


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