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 achieve their scientific potential. These centers have transformed the conduct of much of astronomical research, established a new paradigm for the use of large astronomical facilities, and advanced the science far beyond what would have been possible without them. Portals to the Universe: The NASA Astronomy Science Centers explains in detail the findings of this report.
Table of Contents
|2 Functions of Current Science Centers||11-16|
|3 Models for NASA Astronomy Science Centers||17-24|
|4 Data Archiving in the Science Centers||25-29|
|5 Education and Public Outreach||30-33|
|6 Best Practices and Recommendations||34-38|
|Appendix A Tabulated Characteristics of the NASA Astronomy Science Centers||39-46|
|Appendix B Statement of Task||47-48|
|Appendix C Biographical Information for Committee Members and Staff||49-52|
|Appendix D Acronyms||53-54|
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