Researchers study the physical and chemical properties of astronomical objects and phenomena by observing their radiation at optical, infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths.
Researchers develop new, fundamental knowledge about the origins of stars and planetary systems, their evolution and formation, their environment, and astrobiology.
Researchers study the history, distribution, and chemistry of biogenic elements in the solar system; prebiotic chemical evolution and the origin of life; and the history of Earth’s early biosphere as recorded in microorganisms and ancient rocks.
Our Science Capabilities
The Division’s strategic approach focuses on enabling long-term investments in our core scientific research areas. Our unique expertise advances the Community’s science knowledge while driving innovative technology and instrument concepts. The Division pursues primary leadership roles in NASA missions and mission support activities, based on our current capabilities in the following key strategic focus areas:
- Planet Modeling
- Origins & Evolution of Planetary Systems
- Exoplanet Characterization
- Radiative Transfer Research
- Laboratory Astrophysics & Astrochemistry
- Analog Research & Instrumentation Development
- Astrobiology & Life Detection
Have a look at the full version of our Strategic Plan 2018 and our tri-fold brochure.
Have a look at the full version of our Strategic Plan 2019 and our tri-fold brochure.