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mission lines like Explorers and the Einstein Probes helps to ensure the critical examination essential to developing a successful national program.

The committee and the community it represents value immensely the ongoing dialog between the astronomy and astrophysics community and the agencies. The process whereby the community assesses scientific priorities in decadal surveys and the agencies implement the vision articulated in these surveys, taking into account the practicalities of technology readiness and the realities of programmatic concerns, has served both the scientific community and the U.S. public well for many years. It is this committee’s assessment that progress toward the strategy articulated in the AANM and Connecting Quarks with the Cosmos reports underscores the continuing success and vitality of the strategy. As long as the necessary breadth and balance are maintained in the current scientific program for astronomy and astrophysics, prospects for an unprecedented decade of discovery are indeed bright.

Sincerely,

/s/

C. Megan Urry, Chair

Committee to Review Progress in Astronomy and Astrophysics Toward the Decadal Vision


cc: Ghassem Asrar, Deputy Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA

Anne L. Kinney, Director, Universe Division, NASA

G. Wayne Van Citters, Director, Astronomy Division, NSF

Robin Staffin, Director, Office of High Energy Physics, DOE

Charles Elachi, Director of Advanced Planning, NASA

Burton Richter, Chair, Board on Physics and Astronomy

Lennard A. Fisk, Chair, Space Studies Board

Donald C. Shapero, Director, Board on Physics and Astronomy

Joseph K. Alexander, Director, Space Studies Board



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