By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Physics and Astronomy, Space Studies Board, NASA Astrophysics Performance Assessment Committee

ISBN-10: 0309104904

ISBN-13: 9780309104906

Whereas a few outstanding discoveries in astronomy and astrophysics have taken position over the last two decades, many very important questions stay. persevered growth in those fields would require NASA's management. to assist verify if NASA can meet this problem, Congress, within the 2005 NASA Authorization Act, directed the supplier to have "the functionality of every department within the technological know-how directorate...reviewed and assessed through the nationwide Academy of Sciences at 5-year intervals." In early 2006, NASA requested the NRC to behavior such an overview for the agency's Astrophysics department. This file offers an evaluate of ways good NASA's present application addresses the techniques, objectives, and priorities defined in earlier Academy reviews. The record presents an research of development towards figuring out those innovations, pursuits, and priorities; and a dialogue of activities that may be taken to optimize the clinical price of this system within the context of present and forecasted assets.

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But the fact that GLAST (2007) and JWST (2013) are the only NASA-led moderate or major new space astrophysics missions slated for completion or even for substantial progress in the 2000-2010 decade is disappointing. Nevertheless, the committee believes that NASA has generally done well in crafting program plans that are responsive to the science goals and opportunities outlined in the AANM survey and the Q2C report. 8 As mentioned above, NASA’s currently operating missions have begun to address the scientiic goals of the AANM survey report, but to continue to make progress (as well as to address the scientiic opportunities identiied in the Q2C report), new missions are necessary.

Scientiic enterprise and a key to its success over the past 50 years. , management operations working groups and review panels). Several features appear to be key to a robust and effective advice structure: the openness and transparency of the process; recognition by all that advice is advice, but that managers must inally make the decisions; and a short path between managers and experts that allows for eficient and rapid exchange of information. The current advisory structure at NASA, which consists of the NASA Advisory Council and its committees and subcommittees, is very vertical.

5 Findings and Recommendations Astronomy and astrophysics is in a golden age of discovery and understanding. Breakthroughs are being made throughout the ield, and the associated dramatic leaps in understanding are creating new opportunities, attracting new scientists to astronomy and other ields of science and technology, and inspiring people of all ages. Finding: NASA’s Astrophysics program has played a central role in creating the current era of revolutionary discovery in astrophysics and is key to further progress now clearly within reach.

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