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Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group

237th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society

Virtually Anywhere, 11–15 January 2021


The Cosmic Origins (COR) program seeks to answer the question: "How did we get here?"

Discovering more about our universe's origins is one of the key goals of NASA's Astrophysics Division. The COR program's topic areas include galactic and stellar evolution, dark matter, and the origins and effects of supermassive black holes.

All times given are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

  • Meeting Agenda
  • NASA Joint PAG Session, 8 January 2021, 1:00 P.M.–3:00 P.M.

    This session is open to the public.

  • Update on NASA Astrophysics, Q&A [PDF]
    Dr. Paul Hertz, Astrophysics Division Director

  • NASA Astrophysics Technology Needs: Plans for Factoring in the Decadal Survey's Recommendations [PDF]
    Bruce T. Pham, PCOS/COR Technology Development Manager, NASA GSFC; and Nick Siegler, ExEP Chief Technologist, JPL
  • Submit/Vote on Questions for Presenters Here: https://arc.cnf.io/sessions/x1re/#!/dashboard

    WebEx Connection

    NASA Joint PAG Session
    Friday, 8 January 2021

  • Joint PAG Session [MP4 Video, 125MB]
  • NASA Astrophysics Town Hall, 13 January 2021, 12:00 Noon–1:30 P.M.

    The NASA Astrophysics Division will be holding a virtual town hall for Research and Analysis (R&A) at the 237th meeting of the American Astronomical Society on Wednesday, January 13, from 12:00 Noon–1:30 .P.M. Eastern Time. During the town hall, updates and information on current and upcoming R&A activities will be presented and questions from the community about the R&A program will be answered.

    Please submit questions for the NASA Astrophysics Division R&A Program town hall and vote for other questions that you would like to see answered. Top questions will be addressed by the Astrophysics Division’s R&A team during the town hall on January 13 from 12:00–1:30 PM Eastern Time. Submissions will be accepted until noon on January 11. Please submit your questions through the portal below:


    Questions regarding the R&A town hall may be directed to Stefan Immler.

    NASA Exhibit Booth Presentations

  • Eliad Peretz, Orbiting Configurable Artificial Star - ORCAS
    Monday, 11 January 2021, 2:40–3:10 P.M.

  • Steve Finkelstein, JWST Early Release Science: CEERS
    Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 2:40–3:10 P.M.

  • Transformative Radio Astrophysics from the Moon
    Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 2:40–3:10 P.M.
  • Community Participation Meetings,
    organized as AAS Splinter Sessions for Science Interest Groups (SIGs)

  • Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG) [Agenda]
    Monday, 11 January, 2021, 12:00 Noon–1:30 P.M.
    "Want to get involved with Cosmic Origins? Start here!"

  • Enhancing Participation of Minority Serving Institutions in Space Science [Agenda]
    Monday, 11 January, 2021, 6:50 P.M.–8:20 P.M.
    "Build a better, more inclusive world."

  • Infrared/Origins Space Telescope (IR/OST) SIG [Agenda]
    Tuesday, 12 January, 2021, 12:00 Noon–1:30 P.M.
    "Infrared astronomy is heating up! Don’t get left out in the cold."

  • Low Frequency Radio Astronomy for Cosmic Origins [Agenda]
    Wednesday, 13 January, 2021, 12:00 Noon–1:30 P.M.
    "Tune in for transformative science from the far end of the electromagnetic dial."

  • Ultraviolet and Visible light (UV-Vis) SIG and Technology Interest Group (TIG) [Agenda]
    Thursday, 14 January, 2021, 12:00 Noon–1:30 P.M.
    "This science will never go extinct. Join the survivors."
  • AAS Chat Schedule

    Chat times are 2:40 P.M.–3:10 P.M. EST daily

  • Monday: Steve Finkelstein [PDF], Chris DePree
  • Tuesday: Margaret Meixner, Christine Chen
  • Wednesday: Janice Lee, Lisseth Gavilan-Marin
  • Thursday: Stephan McCandliss, Sabrina Stierwalt
  • Friday: Chris Hayward, Alex Pope
  • Technology Components

    Examples of strategic technology developments funded by the Astrophysics Division, and managed by the PCOS and COR Program Offices.

    Technology Slides

    For more information about these technologies, download the PDF or visit our Technology Database.

    How you can get involved

  • Join a Science Interest Group: https://cor.gsfc.nasa.gov/copag/

  • Postdoctoral program: https://npp.usra.edu

  • NASA career opportunities: https://www.nasa.gov/careers

  • NASA Internships: https://intern.nasa.gov

  • Sign up for newsletter: https://cor.gsfc.nasa.gov/cor-news-mailing-list.php
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