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Options to Ensure the Climate Record from the NPOESS and GOES-R Spacecraft: A Workshop Report

In 2000, the nation’s next-generation National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) program anticipated purchasing six satellites for $6.5 billion, with a first launch in 2008. By November 2005, however, it became apparent that NPOESS would overrun its cost estimates ...

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Managing Space Radiation Risk in the New Era of Space Exploration

As part of the Vision for Space Exploration (VSE), NASA is planning for humans to revisit the Moon and someday go to Mars. An important consideration in this effort is protection against the exposure to space radiation. That radiation ...

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Science Opportunities Enabled by NASA's Constellation System: Interim Report

To begin implementation of the Vision for Space Exploration (recently renamed “United States Space Exploration Policy”), NASA has begun development of new launch vehicles and a human-carrying spacecraft that are collectively called the Constellation System. In November 2007, NASA ...

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Earth Observations from Space: The First 50 Years of Scientific Achievements

Over the past 50 years, thousands of satellites have been sent into space on missions to collect data about the Earth. Today, the ability to forecast weather, climate, and natural hazards depends critically on these satellite-based observations. At the request ...

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Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond

Natural and human-induced changes in Earth's interior, land surface, biosphere, atmosphere, and oceans affect all aspects of life. Understanding these changes requires a range of observations acquired from land-, sea-, air-, and space-based platforms. To assist NASA, NOAA, ...

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Spacecraft Water Exposure Guidelines for Selected Contaminants: Volume 2

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A Review of United States Air Force and Department of Defense AerospacePropulsion Needs

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Decadal Survey of Civil Aeronautics: Foundation for the Future

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Review of NASA Plans for the International Space Station

In January 2004, President Bush announced a new space policy directed at human and robotic exploration of space. In June 2004, the President’s Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy issued a report recommending among other things ...

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Assessment of Options for Extending the Life of the Hubble Space Telescope: Final Report

The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has operated continuously since 1990. During that time, four space shuttle-based service missions were launched, three of which added major observational capabilities. A fifth — SM-4 — was intended to replace key telescope ...

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