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 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)  

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

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 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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