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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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The Astrophysical Context of Life

In 1997, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) formed the National Astrobiology Institute to coordinate and fund research into the origins, distribution, and fate of life in the universe. A 2002 NRC study of that program, Life in ...

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Review of Progress in Astronomy and Astrophysics Toward the Decadal Vision: Letter Report

In the past few years, programmatic changes at NASA, issues raised by the NRC report, Connecting Quarks with the Cosmos: Eleven Science Questions for the New Century(CQC), and scientific and technological advances combined to prompt consideration of a reexamination of ...

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Science in NASA's Vision for Space Exploration

In January 2004, President Bush announced a new space policy directed at human and robotic exploration of space. The National Academies released a report at the same time that independently addressed many of the issues contained in the new ...

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Understanding the Sun and Solar System Plasmas: Future Directions in Solar and Space Physics

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Exploration of the Outer Heliosphere and the Local Interstellar Medium: A Workshop Report

This report is the summary of a workshop held in May 2003 by the Space Studies Board's Committee on Solar and Space Physics to synthesize understanding of the physics of the outer heliosphere and the critical role played by ...

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Solar and Space Physics and Its Role in Space Exploration

In February 2004, the President announced a new goal for NASA; to use humans and robots together to explore the Moon, Mars, and beyond. In response to this initiative, NASA has adopted new exploration goals that depend, in part, ...

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Setting Priorities for Large Research Facility Projects Supported by the National Science Foundation

In 1995, the National Science Foundation (NSF) created a special account to fund large (several tens of millions of dollars) research facilities. Over the years, these facilities have come to represent an increasingly prominent part of the nationís R&D portfolio. ...

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Plasma Physics of the Local Cosmos

Solar and space physics is the study of solar system phenomena that occur in the plasma state. Examples include sunspots, the solar wind, planetary magnetospheres, radiation belts, and the aurora. While each is a distinct phenomenon, there are ...

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Burning Plasma: Bringing a Star to Earth

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