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Launching Science: Science Opportunities Provided by NASA’s Constellation System Appendixes
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Launching Science: Science Opportunities Provided by NASA’s Constellation System A Letter of Request from NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration Headquarters Washington, DC 20546-0001 NOV 21 2007 Reply to Attn of: Science Mission Directorate Dr. Lennard A. Fisk Chair, Space Studies Board National Research Council 500 5th Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 Dear During the next decade, NASA will develop two new launch systems, the Ares I and Ares V, to implement the lunar exploration component of the Vision for Space Exploration and the NASA Authorization Act of 2005. These launch vehicles and other elements of the Constellation system may enable the implementation of space science investigations in the post-2020 time frame that are not within the Science Mission Directorate’s current plans. The Directorate will shortly initiate a new round of decadal surveys by the National Research Council (NRC) and it will be advantageous to have an expansive examination of possible scientific opportunities in the post-2020 time period that could be enabled by the Constellation system. To make available an initial appraisal of the scientific potential of Constellation systems, I would like to request that the Space Studies Board, working with the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, as appropriate, conduct an exploratory survey of science goals and missions that could be enabled by these systems. The goals, scope, deliverables, and schedule for such a study are outlined in the enclosed Statement of Task. In order for NASA to consider implications of the results of the study activity during formulation of the fiscal year 2010 budget request, it would be highly desirable to receive an interim report by April 30, 2008, and a final report by November 15, 2008. I would like to request that the NRC submit a proposal for execution of the proposed study. Once agreement on the scope, cost, and schedule of the proposed study has been achieved, the Contracting Officer will issue a task order for implementation
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Launching Science: Science Opportunities Provided by NASA’s Constellation System Our technical point of contact for this study will be Dr. Marc S. Allen, who can be reached at (202) 358-0733 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sincerely, S. Alan Stern Associate Administrator for Science Mission Directorate