The original charter of the Space Science Board was established in June 1958, three months before the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) opened its doors. The Space Science Board and its successor, the Space Studies Board (SSB), have provided expert external and independent scientific and programmatic advice to NASA on a continuous basis from NASA's inception until the present. The SSB has also provided such advice to other executive branch agencies, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Department of Defense, as well as to Congress.
Space Studies Board Annual Report 2017 covers a message from the chair of the SSB, David N. Spergel. This report also explains the origins of the Space Science Board, how the Space Studies Board functions today, the SSB's collaboration with other National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine units, assures the quality of the SSB reports, acknowledges the audience and sponsors, and expresses the necessity to enhance the outreach and improve dissemination of SSB reports. This report will be relevant to a full range of government audiences in civilian space research - including NASA, NSF, NOAA, USGS, and the Department of Energy, as well members of the SSB, policy makers, and researchers.
Table of Contents
|1 Charter and Organization of the Board||1-8|
|2 Board and Discipline/Standing Committees: Activities and Membe||9-26|
|3 Ad Hoc Study Committees: Activities and Membership||27-38|
|4 Workshops, Symposia, and Other Special Projects||39-41|
|5 Summaries of Reports||42-42|
|5.1 America's Future in Civil Space: Proceedings of a Workshop - In Brief||43-44|
|5.2 Assessment of the National Science Foundation's 2015 Geospace Portfolio Review||45-50|
|5.3 The Goals, Rationales, and Definition of Planetary Protection: Interim Report||51-51|
|5.4 A Midterm Assessment of Implementation of the Decadal Survey on Life and Physical Sciences Research at NASA||52-58|
|5.5 Powering Science: NASA's Large Strategic Science Missions||59-65|
|5.6 Report Series: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science: Getting Ready for the Next Planetary Science Decadal Survey||66-67|
|5.7 Report Series: Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics: Small Explorer Missions||68-69|
|5.8 Report Series: Committee on Solar and Space Physics: Heliophysics Science Centers||70-71|
|5.9 Review of the Restructured Research and Analysis Programs of NASA's Planetary Science Division||72-74|
|5.10 Searching for Life Across Space and Time: Proceedings of a Workshop||75-88|
|6 Congressional Testimony||89-104|
|7 Cumulative Bibliography of SSB Reports: 1958-2017||105-122|
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