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JUN 21, 2024 | Hubble News

Hubble Captures Infant Stars Transforming a Nebula

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JUN 20, 2024 | Webb News

First of Its Kind Detection Made in Striking New Webb Image

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JUN 14, 2024 | Hubble News

NASA’s Hubble Restarts Science in New Pointing Mode

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JUN 12, 2024 | Roman News

NASA’s Roman Mission Gets Cosmic ‘Sneak Peek’ From Supercomputers

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MAY 23, 2024 | TESS News

NASA’s TESS Finds Intriguing World Sized Between Earth, Venus

The Astrophysics Projects Division is made up of the following program offices that are exploring fundamental questions regarding the physical forces and laws of the universe

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Congratulations to our code 440 Space Science and Mission Operations Project and the OSIRIS-REx Team on the award of the National Aeronautics Association Collier Trophy!

This prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy is awarded annually “for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year.” Under the leadership of Rich Burns and Michael Moreau, the team successfully returned over a cup of material from the asteroid Bennu that will give clues to whether asteroids colliding with Earth billions of years ago brought water and other key ingredients for life here on earth. Previous honorees include the Wright Brothers and astronauts of Apollo 11 as well as our own division member, the James Webb Space Telescope team (honored just last year). Once again, congratulations to all involved for this esteemed recognition of their dedicated work.

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Physics of the Cosmos (PhysCOS)

Mysteries abound when we look at physics on a cosmic scale. How does gravity work near black holes? What can we learn from the leftover glow of the Big Bang? What strange “dark energy” is speeding up the expanding universe? The Physics of the Cosmos program works to reveal the hidden mechanisms of the universe.

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Cosmic Origins (COR)

All of the galaxies, stars, and planets —everything we know— evolved from a hot soup of particles following the Big Bang. From the rise of the first stars to the role played by elusive dark matter, the Cosmic Origins program strives to discover how we arrived at the complex universe of today.

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James Webb Space Telescope

Webb is a premier observatory, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide. It will study every phase in the history of our Universe, ranging from the first luminous glows after the Big Bang, to the formation of solar systems capable of supporting life on planets like Earth, to the evolution of our own Solar System.

Satellite image link to Hubble website

Hubble Space Telescope

Hubble, the observatory, is the first major optical telescope to be placed in space, the ultimate mountaintop. Above the distortion of the atmosphere, far far above rain clouds and light pollution, Hubble has an unobstructed view of the universe. Scientists have used Hubble to observe the most distant stars and galaxies as well as the planets in our solar system.

Galaxy image link to SSMO website

Space Science Mission Operations (SSMO)

The Space Science Mission Operations project (SSMO) manages Phase E / mission operations of space science satellite missions assigned to it. SSMO is also involved in mission operations concept development, ground system development, integration and testing, and operations readiness preparations.

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