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NASA's Beyond Einstein Program: An Architecture for Implementation

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Portals to the Universe: The NASA Astronomy Science Centers

The astronomy science centers established by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to serve as the interfaces between astronomy missions and the community of scientists who utilize the data have been enormously successful in enabling space-based astronomy missions to ...

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A Performance Assessment of NASA's Astrophysics Program

While a number of remarkable discoveries in astronomy and astrophysics have taken place over the past 20 years, many important questions remain. Continued progress in these fields will require NASAís leadership. To help determine if NASA can meet ...

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Scientific Opportunities with a Rare-Isotope Facility in the United States

Over ten years ago, U.S. nuclear scientists proposed construction of a new rare isotope accelerator in the United States, which would enable experiments to elucidate the important questions in nuclear physics. To help assess this proposal, DOE and NSF ...

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Space Radiation Hazards and the Vision for Space Exploration: Report of a Workshop

Fulfilling the Presidentís Vision for Space Exploration (VSE) will require overcoming many challenges. Among these are the hazards of space radiation to crews traveling to the Moon and Mars. To explore these challenges in some depth and to ...

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An Assessment of Balance in NASA's Science Programs

When the space exploration initiative was announced, Congress asked the NRC to review the science NASA proposed to carryout under the initiative. It also asked the NRC to assess whether this program would provide balanced scientific research across the established disciplines supported by ...

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Distributed Arrays of Small Instruments forSolar-Terrestrial Research: Report of a Workshop

A recommendation of the NRCís decadal survey in solar and space physics, published in 2002, was the Small Instrument Distributed Ground-Based Network, which would provide global-scale ionospheric and upper atmospheric measurements crucial to understanding the atmosphere-ionosphere-magnetosphere system. To explore ...

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Touch the Sun

Touch the Sun is a universally designed book with colorful raised images and combined text in print and Braille that explores the dynamic nature of our Sun.

Topics include: size comparison between Earth and the Sun, the interior layers of the ...

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The Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA): Implications of a Potential Descope

The 1991 NRC decadal survey for astronomy and astrophysics included a project called the Millimeter Array (MMA). This instrument would be an array of millimeter-wavelength telescopes intended to capture images of star-forming regions and distant star-burst galaxies. With ...

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New Frontiers in the Solar System:An Integrated Exploration Strategy

Solar system exploration is that grand human endeavor which reaches out through interplanetary space to discover the nature and origins of the system of planets in which we live and to learn whether life exists beyond Earth. It is ...

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