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A Performance Assessment of NASA's Heliophysics Program

A Performance Assessment of NASA's Heliophysics Program

Since the 1990s, the pace of discovery in the field of solar and space physics has accelerated, largely owing to NASA investments in its Heliophysics Great Observatory fleet of spacecraft. These enable researchers to investigate connections between events on the Sun and in the sp... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780309136563
Published 15 April 2009 by FOOTPRINT BOOKS
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Research Council, National
By Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
By Studies Board, Space
By Committee on Heliophysics Performance Assessment
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ISBN-13 9780309136563
ISBN-10 0309136563
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Publisher FOOTPRINT BOOKS
Imprint National Academies Press
Publication Date 15 April 2009
International Publication Date 24 March 2009
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Research Council, National
By Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
By Studies Board, Space
By Committee on Heliophysics Performance Assessment
Category Solar System
Astronautics
Number of Pages 78
Dimensions Width: 216mm
Height: 279mm
Spine: 5mm
Weight 227g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress United States, Heliosphere (Astrophysics), Solar wind
NBS Text Other Specific Technologies
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 629.43547
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Since the 1990s, the pace of discovery in the field of solar and space physics has accelerated, largely owing to NASA investments in its Heliophysics Great Observatory fleet of spacecraft. These enable researchers to investigate connections between events on the Sun and in the space environment by combining multiple points of view. Recognizing the importance of observations of the Sun-to-Earth system, the National Research Council produced a solar and space physics decadal survey in 2003, laying out the Integrated Research Strategy. This strategy provided a prioritized list of flight missions, plus theory and modeling programs, that would advance the relevant physical theories, incorporate those theories in models that describe a system of interactions between the Sun and the space environment, obtain data on the system, and analyze and test the adequacy of the theories and models. Five years later, this book measures NASA's progress toward the goals and priorities laid out in the 2003 study. Unfortunately, very little of the recommended priorities will be realized before 2013. Mission cost growth, reordering of survey mission priorities, and unrealized budget assumptions have delayed nearly all of the recommended NASA spacecraft missions. The resulting loss of synergistic capabilities in space will constitute a serious impediment to future progress.

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