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. 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 2011 NRC NASA Technology Roadmap activities and to the new NASA Strategic Astrophysics Technology program. In 2012, the COPAG is focusing on developing science cases for affordable future missions.
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; and in January 2012 at the 219th AAS meeting in Austin. 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.
Chris Martin (Chair) - California Institute of Technology
Julianne Dalcanton - University of Washington
Jonathan Gardner - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Paul Goldsmith - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Lynne Hillenbrand - Caltech
David Leisawitz - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Chuck Lillie - Northrop Grumman
James Lowenthal - Smith College
Kenneth Sembach - Space Telescope Science Institute
Paul Scowen - Arizona State University
Mario Perez (Executive Secretary, Ex-Officio) - NASA HQ
Dominic Benford (COR Program Office, Ex-Officio) - NASA/GSFC
Susan Neff (COR Program Office, Ex-Officio) - NASA/GSFC
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 Study Analysis Groups:
NASA's Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG) will hold a Workshop at the Hyatt Long Beach, CA, on Sunday, January 6, 2013, just prior to the 221st AAS meeting. COPAG Workshops are open to the entire scientific community, and offer an opportunity to participate in discussions of scientific and technical issues within the Cosmic Origins Program portfolio, and to provide input into NASA's Cosmic Origins Program. All interested members of the astrophysics science community are invited to attend and participate; AAS registration is not required and there is no cost for attendance. Telephone and WebEx access is planned to enable the participation of those who are unable to attend in person.