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.
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