STRENGTHENING THE NATION’S SOLAR AND SPACE PHYSICS ENTERPRISE

In addition to setting forth a national research strategy for solar and space physics for the coming decade, the Survey Committee’s report proposes several measures to strengthen the national infrastructure for solar and space physics research and to ensure the availability of a sufficient number of scientists and technicians with the training and skills needed to carry out the recommended research initiatives. Among the issues addressed by the Survey Committee’s proposals:

  • Solar and space physics education at colleges and universities, especially on the undergraduate level

  • The contribution of solar and space physics to K-12 education and public outreach

  • University involvement in NASA’s spaceflight program

  • Cost-effective, reliable, and ready access to space

  • Coordination among the research (NASA, NSF) and operational (NOAA, DOD) agencies engaged in solar and space physics research

  • Controlling spaceflight mission cost growth

  • International collaboration and cooperation in space research

Sounding rockets have proven to be a valuable asset for training students as well as an important tool for solar and space physics research.



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Understanding the Sun and Solar System Plasmas: Future Directions in Solar and Space Physics STRENGTHENING THE NATION’S SOLAR AND SPACE PHYSICS ENTERPRISE In addition to setting forth a national research strategy for solar and space physics for the coming decade, the Survey Committee’s report proposes several measures to strengthen the national infrastructure for solar and space physics research and to ensure the availability of a sufficient number of scientists and technicians with the training and skills needed to carry out the recommended research initiatives. Among the issues addressed by the Survey Committee’s proposals: Solar and space physics education at colleges and universities, especially on the undergraduate level The contribution of solar and space physics to K-12 education and public outreach University involvement in NASA’s spaceflight program Cost-effective, reliable, and ready access to space Coordination among the research (NASA, NSF) and operational (NOAA, DOD) agencies engaged in solar and space physics research Controlling spaceflight mission cost growth International collaboration and cooperation in space research Sounding rockets have proven to be a valuable asset for training students as well as an important tool for solar and space physics research.