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SAG 10: Great Observatories

Status: Completed

The COPAG, together with the PhysPAG and ExoPAG, is forming a Great Observatories Science Analysis Group (SAG) to study the future of multi-wavelength Astronomy from space. The Great Observatories opened up the electromagnetic spectrum from space from gamma rays to the far-infrared and, with subsequent missions, have provided sustained access to the astronomical community for more than two decades. The goals of this SAG are to (1) identify the gaps in wavelength coverage and scientific capabilities anticipated over the next 10 – 20 years as NASA's current space observatories age or are decommissioned, and (2) analyze how these gaps will affect the ability of the community to continue to make progress in a rapidly changing scientific landscape.

The SAG will provide a report to NASA by April 2019 in anticipation of the 2020 Decadal Review. We are now soliciting members of the astronomy community who are interested in participating in this SAG. If interested, please fill out the Google Form by 10 August 2018. We encourage applicants at all career stages.


  • Final Report [PDF]

SAG Participants

Participant Institution
Lee Armus
COPAG Executive Committee Liaison
Tom Megeath
COPAG Executive Committee Liaison
University of Toledo
Misty Bentz Georgia State University
Breanna Binder California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
David Ciardi Caltech/IPAC
Francesca Civano Harvard Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Lia Corrales University of Michigan
Julianne Dalcanton University of Washington
Diana Dragomir MIT
Martin Elvis Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Catherine Espaillat Boston University
Steven Finkelstein UT Austin
Derek Fox Penn State University
Suvi Gezari University of Maryland
Matthew Greenhouse GSFC
Richard Griffiths University of Hawaii
Rachel Hamburg University of Alabama in Huntsville
Erika Hamden University of Arizona
Patrick Hartigan Rice University
Sara Heap GSFC
Keri Hoadley Caltech
Jens Kauffmann MIT Haystack Observatory
Ciska Kemper ESO / ASIAA
Gourav Khullar Kavli Institute of Cosmological Physics, University of Chicago
Allison Kirkpatrick University of Kansas
Ralph Kraft Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Joe Lazio JPL
Janice Lee Caltech/IPAC
Paul Lightsey Ball Aerospace
Chales Lillie Lillie Consulting LLC
Massimo Marengo Iowa State University
Stephan McCandliss Johns Hopkins University
Mark McConnell Univ of NH / Southwest Research Institute
Brett McGuire NRAO
Michael Meyer University of Michigan
Arielle Moullet USRA / SOFIA
Richard Mushotzky University of Maryland
John O'Meara St. Marys College
Andrea Prestwich Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Pete Roming Southwest Research Institute
Claudia Scarlata University of Minnesota
Paul Scowen ASU
Deirdre Shoemaker Georgia Institute of Technology
Joseph Simon JPL / Caltech
JD Smith University of Toledo
Kevin Stevenson STScI
Grant Tremblay Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Jason Tumlinson STScI
Sarah Tuttle University of Washington
Q. Daniel Wang University of Massachusetts
Scott Wolk Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
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