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About the SSB

The Space Studies Board (SSB) was established in 1958 to serve as the focus of the interests and responsibilities in space research for the National Academies. The SSB provides an independent, authoritative forum for information and advice on all aspects of space science and applications, and it serves as the focal point within the National Academies for activities on space research. It oversees advisory studies and program assessments, facilitates international research coordination, and promotes communications on space science and science policy between the research community, the federal government, and the interested public. The SSB also serves as the U.S. National Committee for the International Council for Science Committee on Space Research (COSPAR).

Origins of the Space Studies Board:

The Board annually sponsors the Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships.

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The SSB is also the U.S. National Committee to the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), a member committee of the International Council for Science (ICSU). COSPAR was established in 1958 by the International Council for Science (ICSU) to "provide the world scientific community with the means whereby it may exploit the possibilities of satellites and space probes of all kinds for scientific purposes, and exchange the resulting data on a cooperative basis." COSPAR's main purpose is to hold a scientific assembly every other year at which scientists in space-related disciplines from around the world present their research.

The SSB, under the aegis of the National Academy of Sciences, serves as the U.S. National Committee to COSPAR and manages COSPAR activities for the United States. The U.S. representative votes on behalf of SSB interests on the Council, COSPAR's highest body, and is an elected member of the Bureau, the managing body.

Dr. Lennard A. Fisk is the U.S. Representative. David Smith, SSB Senior Program Officer, is the U.S. Executive Secretary. Carmela Chamberlain is the Administrative Coordinator.

COSPAR Meeting Information

18 March 2013 (a.m. only) COSPAR Symposium Program Committee Meeting
18 March (p.m. only) and 19 March (all day) COSPAR Scientific Assembly Program Committee meeting
20 March (all day) COSPAR Scientific Advisory Committee meeting
21 March (all day) COSPAR Bureau meeting
11-15 November COSPAR Symposium "Planetary Systems of our Sun and other Stars, and the Future of Space Astronomy", Bangkok, Thailand

2014 and beyond
2-10 August 2014 40th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Moscow, Russia
Summer 2016 41st COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Istanbul, Turkey

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