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Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG)

The COPAG serves as a community-based, interdisciplinary forum for soliciting and coordinating community analysis and input in support of Cosmic Origin objectives and of their implications for architecture planning and activity prioritization and for future exploration. It provides findings of analyses to the NASA Astrophysics Division Director.


The Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG) is constituted by the Astrophysics Division Director to support community coordination and analysis of scientific and technological issues impacting NASA's Cosmic Origins (COR) Program (COPAG Terms of Reference). 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.

Useful Information/Links


  • Mario Perez
    HQ Cosmic Origins Program, Program Scientist
  • Eric Tollestrup
    HQ Cosmic Origins Program, Deputy Program Scientist
  • Susan Neff
    Cosmic Origins Program Office, Chief Scientist
  • Erin Smith
    Cosmic Origins Program Office, Deputy Chief Scientist
  • Hubble Sees Plunging Galaxy Losing Its Gas

    COR News

    Program News and Announcements

    2 December 2019
    COPAG Activities at the January 2020 AAS Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, information now available. »  Details [PDF]
    27 November 2019
    COPAG SAG-10 Final Report: The Great Observatories and The Future of Panchromatic Astronomy now available. »  Details [PDF]
    23 Aug 2019
    Final reports for large mission concept studies are posted: LUVIOR, Origins Space Telescope, HabEx, and Lynx
    11 February 2019
    NASA Astrophysics Division (APD) issues 2019 strategic technology gap solicitation »  Details [PDF]
    17 December 2018
    NASA HQ has publicly posted an updated Astrophysics Implementation Plan (AIP), detailing progress made by NASA's Astrophysics Division in implementing the 2010 Decadal recommendations since the previous update in 2016.

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