Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG)


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

 Start DateInstitution
Kenneth Sembach
September 2010;
as Chair July 2013
Space Telescope Science Institute
Daniela CalzettiDecember 2013University of Massachusetts
Julianne DalcantonOctober 2011University of Washington
Dennis EbbettsDecember 2013Ball Aerospace
James GreenDecember 2013University of Colorado
Sara HeapDecember 2013NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Lynne HillenbrandOctober 2011Caltech
David LeisawitzOctober 2011NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
James LowenthalMarch 2012Smith College
Paul ScowenDecember 2011Arizona State University
Michael Garcia (Executive Secretary, Ex-Officio)NASA HQ
Mario Perez (Ex-Officio)NASA HQ
Susan Neff (COR Program Office, Ex-Officio)NASA/GSFC
Former Members
Chris Martin
(Former Chair)
September 2010
- July 2013
California Institute of Technology
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
Dominic Benford
(COR Program Office, Ex-Officio)
August 2011–
September 2013

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 the COPAG has five active Science Analysis Groups:

Currently the COPAG has one Science Interest Group:

Possible new SAGs and SIGs under consideration:

  • Science Interest Group for Cosmic Dawn Science. What are the priorities for Cosmic Dawn science, what technology development is needed, on what timescale?
  • Science Interest Group for Ultraviolet Science and Technology Development. What are the long-term objectives for the Ultraviolet wavelength (< 3000A) science community, and what is needed to meet them?

COPAG Announcements

COPAG Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

Past Meetings

Useful Information/Links


Michael Garcia
HQ Cosmic Origins Program, Program Scientist

Mario Perez
HQ Cosmic Origins Program, Technology Development Lead

Susan Neff
Cosmic Origins Program Office, Chief Scientist

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