Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG)

Charge to the NASA Astrophysics Program Analysis Groups (PAGs) on Astrophysics Probe mission

COPAG Study of Probe-class Missions

NOTE: The COPAG is an analysis arm of the Astrophysics Subcommittee of the NAC Science Committee. The COR Program Office maintains the web page as a service to the community.

Decadal Survey Planning Activities

COPAG Study of Probe-class Missions


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 (COR) Program (COPAG Charter). In the past, the COPAG has supported analysis of technological priorities for potential future Cosmic Origins strategic missions, organized workshops on future missions' science goals, constituted Science Analysis Groups to identify ways to maximize COR science returns from future missions such as JWST and WFIRST, and explored ways for the US science community to pursue Spica-like science. The COPAG organizes open meetings and workshops for science community members.

All COPAG substantive activities—meetings, workshops, Science Analysis Groups, Science Interest Groups, telecons, or other core work—are open to participation by the community. The COPAG is coordinated by an Executive Committee, which meets biweekly by telecon.

Executive Committee

  • COPAG Executive Committee Selections, November 2016 [PDF]
 Start DateInstitution
Paul Scowen
November 2015– October 2018Arizona State University
Lee ArmusNovember 2015– October 2018Caltech
Suvi GezariNovember 2015– October 2018University of Maryland
Matt GreenhouseFebruary 2015– January 2018NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Mary Elizabeth KaiserNovember 2014– October 2017Johns Hopkins
Joseph LazioNovember 2014– October 2017NASA/JPL
Paul LightseyNovember 2016– November 2019Ball Aerospace
Pam MarcumNovember 2014– October 2017NASA/Ames
Thomas MegeathNovember 2016– November 2019U. Toledo
John O'MearaNovember 2016– November 2019Saint Michael College
Claudia ScarlataNovember 2016– November 2019U. Minnesota
Sarah TuttleNovember 2016– November 2019U. Washington
Mario Perez (Executive Secretary, Ex-Officio)NASA HQ
Kartik Sheth (Ex-Officio)NASA HQ
Susan Neff (COR Program Office, Ex-Officio)NASA/GSFC
Deborah Padgett (COR Program Office, Ex-Officio)NASA/GSFC
Former Members
Michael Garcia
Daniela CalzettiDecember 2013– November 2016University of Massachusetts
Dennis EbbettsDecember 2013– November 2016Ball Aerospace
James GreenDecember 2013– November 2016University of Colorado
Sara HeapDecember 2013– November 2016NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Chris HowkNovember 2015– October 2018University of Notre Dame
Kenneth Sembach
(Former Chair)
September 2010– November 2015Space Telescope Science Institute
Lynne HillenbrandOctober 2011– October 2015Caltech
James LowenthalMarch 2012–
March 2015
Smith College
Paul ScowenDecember 2011–
December 2014
Arizona State University
David LeisawitzOctober 2011– February 2015NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Julianne DalcantonOctober 2011–
September 2014
University of Washington
Dominic Benford
(COR Program Office, Ex-Officio)
August 2011–
September 2013
Jonathan GardnerSeptember 2010–
November 2013
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Paul GoldsmithSeptember 2010–
November 2013
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Charles LillieSeptember 2010–
November 2013
Northrop Grumman
Chris Martin
(Former Chair)
September 2010–
July 2013
California Institute of Technology

COPAG Science Analysis Groups and Science Interest Groups

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. Each SAG and SIG coordinates with the EC through a member selected from the Executive Committee.

Currently there are no active SAGs in the COPAG.

Currently the COPAG has three Science Interest Groups:

COPAG Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

  • COPAG Meeting at AAS, Grapevine, Texas, January 2-3, 2017 [Agenda]

Past Meetings

Useful Information/Links


Mario Perez
HQ Cosmic Origins Program, Program Scientist

Kartik Sheth
HQ Cosmic Origins Program, Deputy Program Scientist

Susan Neff
Cosmic Origins Program Office, Chief Scientist

Deborah Padgett
Cosmic Origins Program Office, Deputy Chief Scientist

Program News

07 Nov 2016
COPAG 2016 Executive Committee Members Announced »  [PDF]
03 Oct 2016
COR Program Office 2016 Program Annual Technology Report (PATR) released »  [PDF]

Project News

Hubble Space Telescope (HST)
21 Jul 2016
NASA's Hubble Looks to the Final Frontier » Details
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