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An Assessment of Balance in NASA's Science Programs

Project Scope


An ad hoc committee of the National Research Council's (NRC) Space Studies Board (SSB) will conduct an assessment of balance in NASA's science programs as a third and final component of its response to Congressional language in the FY 2005 appropriations bill for NASA. That bill directed the SSB to "conduct a thorough review of the science that NASA is proposing to undertake under the space exploration initiative and to develop a strategy by which all of NASA's science disciplines, including Earth science, space science, and life and microgravity science, as well as the science conducted aboard the International Space Station, can make adequate progress towards their established goals, as well as providing balanced scientific research in addition to support of the new initiative." (Joint Explanatory Statement: (NASA Excerpts) Conference Report on H.R. 4818 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005)

The committee, which will include some members of the Space Studies Board, will conduct a fast-track assessment of the programs embodied in NASA's FY 2007 budget estimates and supplementary information. The study will consider whether the science program, as articulated in the FY 2007 budget estimate and supplementary information and its out-year run-out, is:
1) appropriately inclusive of all relevant science disciplines (Earth and planetary sciences, life and microgravity sciences, astronomy and astrophysics, and solar and space physics),
2) robust and capable of making adequate progress towards scientific goals as recommended in NRC decadal surveys, and is
3) appropriately balanced to reflect cross-disciplinary scientific priorities within the appropriate directorate, as recommended in NRC decadal surveys and other relevant scientific reviews.

In reviewing the NASA program, the committee will use the guiding principles recommended in the NRC report, Science in NASA's Vision for Space Exploration, to assess NASA's decision-making across scientific programs and the integrated approach to the program. The committee will also refer to published NRC decadal surveys when assessing individual disciplines as well as NRC advice regarding

View the Report: An Assessment of Balance in NASA's Science Programs

Committee Membership

LENNARD A. FISK,
University of Michigan,
Chair

GEORGE A. PAULIKAS,
The Aerospace Corporation (retired),
Vice Chair

SPIRO K. ANTIOCHOS,
Naval Research Laboratory

DANIEL N. BAKER,
University of Colorado

RETA F. BEEBE,
New Mexico State University

ROGER D. BLANDFORD,
Stanford University

RADFORD BYERLY, JR.,
University of Colorado

JUDITH A. CURRY,
Georgia Institute of Technology

JACK D. FARMER,
Arizona State University

JACQUELINE N. HEWITT,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

DONALD E. INGBER,
Harvard Medical School

BRUCE M. JAKOSKY,
University of Colorado

KLAUS KEIL,
University of Hawaii

DEBRA S. KNOPMAN,
RAND Corporation

CALVIN W. LOWE,
Bowie State University

BERRIEN MOORE III,
University of New Hampshire

FRANK E. MULLER-KARGER,
University of South Florida

SUZANNE OPARIL,
University of Alabama, Birmingham

RONALD F. PROBSTEIN,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

DENNIS W. READEY,
Colorado School of Mines

HARVEY D. TANANBAUM,
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

J. CRAIG WHEELER,
University of Texas, Austin

A. THOMAS YOUNG,
Lockheed Martin Corporation (retired)
 

Staff
JOSEPH K. ALEXANDER,
Study Director

DWAYNE A. DAY,
Research Associate