Because some of these laboratory studies are of interest to communities broader than the space sciences, they may be appropriate topics for interdisciplinary cooperation between NASA, the National Science Foundation, and other relevant agencies.
Researchers need the complementary efforts of theoretical and computational studies to analyze and interpret observational data and provide a framework for understanding its significance. Theory also plays an important role in suggesting future directions for observational and laboratory research.
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