Astrophysics Analysis Groups
Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG)
"How did we get here?" This program comprises projects that enable the study of how stars and galaxies came into being, how they evolve, and ultimately how they end their lives. The Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) all address central questions of the Cosmic Origins Program. NASA’s next flagship observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the major new component of this program.*
*As of December 2010, JWST is managed and funded by its own Office separate from the Astrophysics Division.
Exoplanets Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG)
ExoPAG is responsible for soliciting and coordinating community input into the development and execution of NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP). The ExoPAG serves as a community-based, interdisciplinary forum for analysis in support of activity prioritization and for future exploration. It provides findings of analyses to NASA through the NASA advisory Council within which the ExoPAG Chair is a member of the Astrophysics Subcommittee.
Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG)
PhysPAG serves as a forum for soliciting and coordinating input and analysis from the scientific community in support of the Physics of the Cosmos program objectives. The PhysPAG enables direct and regular communication through public meetings that give the community opportunities to provide its scientific and programmatic input.