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Space Studies Board Annual Report-1992 (Letter Reports) Space Studies Board Annual Report—1992 4 Letter Reports During 1992, the Space Studies Board and its committees released ten letter reports, which this section presents in full in chronological order of release. Letter reports generally arise out of deliberations by a discipline committee in connection with its oversight responsibility. These reports, which document the consensus of the authoring committee, are submitted to the Board for approval at its next meeting. The members of the Board review the arguments and recommendations contained in the committee submission. Often, the Board writes a cover letter that may address, from a broader perspective, issues raised in the committee submission. In these cases, the final package is structured as a cover letter that summarizes the conclusions of the committee in the context of these broader issues and that is signed by the chairs of both the Board and the authoring committee, and the committee's scientific assessment, which is provided as an attachment. Examples are the flight program reviews of the REPORT MENU Committee on Planetary and Lunar Exploration. In other cases, such as the 1992 NOTICE statements on the space station and AXAF, the Board itself develops a FROM THE CHAIR recommendation and submits it to NRC review for approval and release. CHAPTER 1 CHAPTER 2 In response to a request it received on September 26, 1991, the CHAPTER 3 Committee on Planetary and Lunar Exploration assessed the congruence CHAPTER 4 CHAPTER 5 between NASA's Solar System Exploration Division's 1991 strategic plan document and previous advice of the committee. The letter (Section 4.1) discussing the committee's conclusions was approved and released on January 14. On March 30, the Board sent a letter (4.2) to NASA Administrator Richard Truly with a set of reports on Space Station Freedom, the baseline CRAF/Cassini mission, and AXAF. This package included a space station letter and a scientific assessment (4.3) addressed to Mr. Arnold Aldrich, Associate Administrator for Space Systems Development, and letters to Dr. Lennard Fisk, Associate Administrator for Space Science and Applications, on CRAF/Cassini (4.4) and AXAF (4.5). Following completion by the Committee on Earth Studies of a requested review of NOAA's strategic plan for polar-orbiting operational environmental satellites, the Board sent a preliminary assessment (4.6) on April 30 to Mr. Russell Koffler, NOAA Deputy Assistant Administrator for Satellite and file:///C|/SSB_old_web/an92ch4.htm (1 of 5) [6/18/2004 10:31:28 AM]

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Space Studies Board Annual Report-1992 (Letter Reports) Information Services. Later, on August 20 and 21, the Board released to NASA a second set of reports dealing with several proposed planetary missions and with the future of the Bevalac accelerator facility. Prepared by the Committee on Space Biology and Medicine, a letter (4.7) discussing the role of the Department of Energy's BEVALAC accelerator facility was sent to Energy Secretary James Watkins and to NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin. A letter and report (4.8) on the Office of Exploration's proposed robotic lunar precursor missions were sent to Associate Administrator Michael Griffin. A second letter and report (4.9) on the joint Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO)/NASA Clementine mission to the Moon and an asteroid were sent to SDIO Deputy for Technology, Dr. Simon Worden, and to NASA Director of the Solar System Exploration Division, Dr. Wesley Huntress. On October 19, the Board forwarded a letter and supporting COMPLEX assessment (4.10) on the restructured Cassini-only mission to Dr. Lennard Fisk, Associate Administrator for Space Science and Applications. [Letter report text is not provided below; links are provided to the online letters.] 4.1 On the Solar System Exploration Division's 1991 Strategic Plan The Committee on Planetary and Lunar Exploration sent the following letter to Dr. Wesley Huntress, Director of NASA's Solar System Exploration Division, on January 14, 1992. 4.2 Letter to the NASA Administrator The Space Studies Board sent the following letter to NASA Administrator Richard H. Truly on March 30, 1992. Included with it were the subsequent letters and assessments on the space station, CRAF/Cassini, and AXAF. 4.3 On the Space Station Freedom Program The Space Studies Board sent the following letter and attached assessment to Mr. Arnold D. Aldrich, NASA Associate Administrator for Space Systems Development, on March 30, 1992. file:///C|/SSB_old_web/an92ch4.htm (2 of 5) [6/18/2004 10:31:28 AM]

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Space Studies Board Annual Report-1992 (Letter Reports) 4.4 On the CRAF/Cassini Mission The Space Studies Board and its Committee on Planetary and Lunar Exploration sent the following letter and assessment to Dr. Lennard Fisk, NASA Associate Administrator for Space Science and Applications, on March 30, 1992. 4.5 On the Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility The Space Studies Board sent the following letter to Dr. Lennard A. Fisk, NASA Associate Administrator for Space Science and Applications, on March 30, 1992. 4.6 On NOAA Requirements for Polar-Orbiting Environmental Satellites The Committee on Earth Studies sent the following letter to Mr. Russell Koffler, NOAA Deputy Assistant Administrator/NESDIS, on April 30, 1992. 4.7 On Continued Operation of the BEVALAC Facility The Space Studies Board and its Committee on Space Biology and Medicine addressed the following letter to Secretary of Energy James D. Watkins and NASA Administrator Daniel J. Goldin on August 20, 1992. 4.8 On Robotic Lunar Precursor Missions of the Office of Exploration The Space Studies Board and its Committee on Planetary and Lunar Exploration addressed the following letter and attached assessment to Dr. Michael D. Griffin, NASA Associate Administrator for Exploration, on August 21, 1992. 4.9 On the NASA/SDIO Clementine Moon/Asteroid Mission The Space Studies Board and its Committee on Planetary and Lunar Exploration sent the following letter and assessment to Dr. Simon P. Worden, file:///C|/SSB_old_web/an92ch4.htm (3 of 5) [6/18/2004 10:31:28 AM]

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Space Studies Board Annual Report-1992 (Letter Reports) Deputy for Technology of the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization, and Dr. Wesley Huntress, Director of the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA, on August 21, 1992. 4.10 On the Restructured Cassini Mission The Space Studies Board and Committee on Planetary and Lunar Exploration sent the following letter and assessment to Dr. Lennard A. Fisk, NASA Associate Administrator for Space Science and Applications, on October 19, 1992. Last update 8/22/00 at 12:16 pm Site managed by Anne Simmons, Space Studies Board The National Academies Current Projects Publications Directories Search Site Map Feedback file:///C|/SSB_old_web/an92ch4.htm (4 of 5) [6/18/2004 10:31:28 AM]