NASA’s direct partners. With some few exceptions (for example, and, nonfederal partners were supposed to be reached in a third-party manner through the federal agency partnering with NASA. Such an approach was supported by NRC (2002a, p. 5): “the process of interacting with other federal agencies to reach a broad group of users is a viable and appropriate avenue to pursue.”

FIGURE 2.1 The Applied Sciences Program in the current NASA organization structure. In 2001 the Earth Science Enterprise and ASP together with it were transferred into the Sun-Earth System Division. This division was subsequently moved into the current Science Mission Directorate.

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