The Astrophysics Division and James Webb Space Telescope budgets are, together, increasing $112 million, or 8 percent, to $1.5 billion. The scope of the APAC includes projects and observational and theoretical study of the origins, evolution, and destiny of the universe and the search for and study of Earth-like planets and habitable, extrasolar environments. Alexandria, VA. January 25, 2018. 1 Science Mission Directorate June 25, 2015 NASA Astrophysics Mario R. Perez Wilton T. Sanders 3 The Physics of the Cosmos (PCOS) and Cosmic Origins (COR) Program Offices were set up by NASA HQ Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Astrophysics Division (APD) to support aspects of these focused astrophysics science themes. NASA's Explorers Program is the agency's oldest continuous program and is designed to provide frequent, low-cost access to space using principal-investigator-led space science investigations relevant to the astrophysics and heliophysics programs in agency's Science Mission Directorate. Dr. Jeffrey Hayes is a Discipline Scientist in the Astrophysics and Heliophysics Divisions at NASA HQ and the Program Executive for the 8 operational Astrophysics missions (as of 2016) as well as the 19 operational NASA Heliophysics missions. They include: The Astrophysics current missions include three of the Great Observatories originally planned in the 1980s and launched over the past 28 years. Many of these missions have achieved their prime science goals, but continue to produce spectacular results in their extended operations. Dr. Dominic Benford is the Program Scientist for WFIRST, the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope, the Decadal Survey-recommended mission to conduct major surveys in the near-infrared to answer fundamental questions of the nature of dark energy, the distribution of dark matter, the occurrence of planets around other stars, and even to enable the direct imaging of planetary systems. He is also the Program Executive for several Exoplanet Programs such as LBTI, Keck, NExScI and NN-EXPLORE. The Science Mission Directorate (SMD) of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) engages the United States’ science community, sponsors scientific research, and develops and deploys satellites and probes in collaboration with NASA's partners around the world to answer fundamental questions requiring the view from and into space. More than 3800 planets have been discovered orbiting distant stars. Currently in development, with especially broad scientific utility, is the James Webb Space Telescope. The priority science objectives chosen by the survey committee include: searching for the first stars, galaxies, and black holes; seeking nearby habitable planets; and advancing understanding of the fundamental physics of the universe. Latter (“Bill”) is the SPHEREx Program Scientist, Spitzer Program Scientist, Deputy GUSTO Program Scientist, Lead Program Officer for Laboratory Astrophysics, and Discipline Scientist for the Far-Infrared in the Astrophysics Division at NASA Headquarters. Dr. Linda Sparke Innovative Explorer missions, such as the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory, NuSTAR, TESS, as well as Mission of Opportunity NICER, complement the Astrophysics strategic missions. JPL is also building the mission payload. He also has roles in other long wavelength astrophysics activities such as the Origins Space Telescope (OST) and technology development. Major focus areas include climate change, severe weather, the atmosphere, the oceans, sea ice and glaciers, and the land surface.To study the planet from the unique perspective of space, the Earth Science … From: Astrophysics Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters Date: September 10, 2014 Subject: Call for Nominations to the Executive Committee of the Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG) Dear Colleagues: The Astrophysics Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate is pleased to issue this open For more information about the SMD, visit: Mr. Jeff Volosin was selected as the Deputy Director of the Astrophysics Division in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA in November of 2019. Additionally, the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope explores the high-energy end of the spectrum. In addition, numerous project, mission, and investigator web sites provide access to current data, some of which are not yet available through and active archive. The PCOS, COR, and EXEP programs develop and operate the Division’s … We are discovering how planetary systems form and how environments hospitable for life develop.