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The Space Science and Astrobiology Division at NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) provides unique interdisciplinary scientific expertise and capabilities that advance human understanding of the Molecular Evolution of Galaxies, the Evolution and Formation of Planetary Systems and our Understanding of the Origin and Evolution of Life in the Universe. Our core science capabilities in theoretical, observational, experimental, and instrument development work enable NASA missions and are focused to enhance and enable the science and exploration goals of NASA and the scientific community.

James Webb's image of Jupiter's Moons

The Division’s scientific breadth and expertise provide the Agency with a unique interdisciplinary workforce utilizing multidisciplinary teams of astronomers, astrophysicists, chemists, microbiologists, physicists, and planetary scientists and are organized into three branches which correspond to the following core science areas: