The Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG) is constituted by the NASA Astrophysics Subcommittee (ApS) to support community coordination and analysis of scientific and technological issues impacting NASA's Cosmic Origins Program (COPAG Charter). The principal task in 2011 was to support the analysis of technological priorities for potential future Cosmic Origins strategic missions beyond JWST. In particular, COPAG provided input to ApS in support of the 2012 NRC NASA Technology Roadmap activities and to the new NASA Strategic Astrophysics Technology program. In 2012, the COPAG focused on developing science cases for affordable future missions, particularly in the UV/visible part of the spectrum. In 2013, the COPAG is working with the community to identify COR science possibilities for a possible AFTA mission, and exploring ways for the US science community to pursue Spica-like science.
The COPAG has held open workshops for community members: at the 217th AAS meeting in January, 2011; in May 2011 at the 218th AAS meeting in Boston; in September 2011 at the Space Telescope Science Institute; in January 2012 at the 219th AAS meeting in Austin; in September 2012 at STSci; and in January 2013 at the 221st AAS Meeting. Future community workshops are also planned and will be announced.
All COPAG substantive activities—telecons, workshops, or other core work—is open to participation by the community. The COPAG is coordinated by an Executive Committee. The COPAG Executive Committee (EC) meets biweekly by telecon. Currently meetings are Wednesdays at 1:30 PM Eastern Time.
|Telecon phone number is||888 989 1360 (toll free)||Passcode 2485800|
|+1 203 669 7873 (toll)|
as Chair July 2013
|Space Telescope Science Institute|
|Julianne Dalcanton||October 2011||University of Washington|
|Jonathan Gardner||September 2010||NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center|
|Paul Goldsmith||September 2010||Jet Propulsion Laboratory|
|Lynne Hillenbrand||October 2011||Caltech|
|David Leisawitz||October 2011||NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center|
|Charles Lillie||September 2010||Northrop Grumman|
|James Lowenthal||March 2012||Smith College|
|Paul Scowen||December 2011||Arizona State University|
|California Institute of Technology|
|Michael Garcia (Executive Secretary, Ex-Officio)||NASA HQ|
|Mario Perez (Ex-Officio)||NASA HQ|
|Susan Neff (COR Program Office, Ex-Officio)||NASA/GSFC|
|Former COPAG Members|
(COR Program Office, Ex-Officio)
The COPAG uses Science Analysis Groups (SAGs) for topical consideration of COR-relevant science and technology issues. Membership of the SAGs is freely open to any interested parties. For organizational purposes, the SAGs are overseen by a Chair selected from the Executive Committee.
Currently the COPAG has five active Study Analysis Groups:
Currently the COPAG has one Science Interest Group:
Possible new SAGs and SIGs under consideration:
Possible future workshops under consideration:
How can US community address science goals similar to those of Spica (2010 Decadal Survey recommendation), particularly in post-Herschel era?