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Review of the Draft 2019 Science Mission Directorate Science Plan (2019)

Chapter: Appendix B: Summary of the Draft Explore Science 2019-2024: A Vision for Scientific Excellence

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Summary of the Draft Explore Science 2019-2024: A Vision for Scientific Excellence." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Review of the Draft 2019 Science Mission Directorate Science Plan. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25587.
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Summary of the Draft
Explore Science 2019-2024: A Vision for Scientific Excellence

The draft Explore Science 2019-2024: A Vision for Scientific Excellence (i.e., the 2019 Science Plan), as delivered to the SSB on July 12, consisted of the following major sections and subjections below.

Page 1 Cover graphic and title “Explore Science 2019-2024 A Vision for Scientific Excellence”
Page 2 Welcome Message Title only, no text
Page 3 Table of Contents Complete text
Pages 4-5 Who We Are Vision/mission statements for NASA/SMD, 4 NASA and 5 SMD values:
  • Excellence
Short paragraph of text
  • Leadership
Short paragraph of text
  • Integrity
Short paragraph of text
  • Teamwork
Short paragraph of text
  • Safety
Short paragraph of text
Pages 6-7 Introduction SMD’s three key science themes
Page 8 Science Leadership Priorities SMD’s four cross-cutting foci
Pages 9-11 Focus 1 Exploration and Scientific Discovery Four introductory paragraphs
  • Strategy 1.1 “Execute a balanced science program on discipline-specific guidance from the National Academies”
Paragraph of explanatory text
  • Strategy 1.2 “Participate as a key partner and enabler in the agency’s exploration initiative, focusing on scientific research of and from the Moon, lunar orbit, Mars, and beyond”
Two paragraphs of explanatory text indicating how SMD collaborates with HEOMD and STMD
  • Strategy 1.3 “Advance discovery in emerging fields by identifying and exploiting cross-disciplinary opportunities between traditional science disciplines”
Paragraph of explanatory text
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Summary of the Draft Explore Science 2019-2024: A Vision for Scientific Excellence." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Review of the Draft 2019 Science Mission Directorate Science Plan. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25587.
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  • Strategy 1.4 “Develop a Directorate-wide, target-audience focused approach to applied programs, including Earth Science Applications, Space Weather, Planetary Defense, and Space Situational Awareness”
Paragraph of explanatory text
Pages 12-14 Focus 2 Innovation One introductory paragraph
  • Strategy 2.1 “Foster a culture that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship across all elements of the NASA Science portfolio”
Two paragraphs of explanatory text
  • Strategy 2.2 “Foster a culture that encourages collaboration in pursuit of common goals”
Paragraph of explanatory text
  • Strategy 2.3 “Enhance our focus on high intellectual risk/high impact research goals”
Paragraph of explanatory text
  • Strategy 2.4 “Drive innovation in focused technology areas to capitalize on the rapid evolution of commercial capabilities”
Paragraph of explanatory text
Pages 15-17 Focus 3 Interconnectivity and Partnerships Paragraph of introductory text
  • Strategy 3.1 “Actively engage with the NASA Centers to make more informed strategic decisions that further NASA’s scientific goals and are aligned with each Center’s unique capabilities”
Paragraph of explanatory text
  • Strategy 3.2 “Actively seek collaborations with international partners based on their unique capabilities and mutual scientific goals”
Paragraph of explanatory text
  • Strategy 3.3 “Actively engage with other Federal agencies to make more informed decisions, cooperate in scientific research, and pursue partnerships that further national interests”
Paragraph of explanatory text
  • Strategy 3.4 “Provide increasing opportunities for research institutions, including academia and non-profits, to contribute to NASA Science’s mission”
Paragraph of explanatory text
  • Strategy 3.5 “Pursue public-private partnerships in support of shared interested [sic] with industry”
Long paragraph of explanatory text with two examples
Pages 18-20 Focus 4 Inspiration Very short paragraph of introductory text
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Summary of the Draft Explore Science 2019-2024: A Vision for Scientific Excellence." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Review of the Draft 2019 Science Mission Directorate Science Plan. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25587.
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  • Strategy 4.1 “Increase the diversity of thought and backgrounds represented across the entire NASA Science portfolio through a more inclusive environment”
Three paragraphs of explanatory text
  • Strategy 4.2 “Purposefully and actively engage with audiences and learners of all ages to share the story of NASA’s integrated science program”
Three paragraphs of explanatory text, plus complex graphic
Page 20 Implementation Two brief paragraphs of explanatory text
Pages 21-23 Astrophysics Division
  • Division Overview
  • Strategy and Management Philosophy
  • Summary of Portfolio by Programs
  • Physics of the Cosmos
One paragraph of explanatory text
  • Cosmic Origins
One paragraph of explanatory text
  • Exoplanet Exploration
One paragraph of explanatory text
  • James Webb Space Telescope
One paragraph of explanatory text
  • Astrophysics Strategic Missions
One paragraph of explanatory text
  • Astrophysics Explorers
One paragraph of explanatory text
  • Astrophysical Research
One paragraph of explanatory text
Pages 24-27 Earth Science Division
  • Division Overview
  • Strategy and Management Philosophy
  • Summary of Portfolio by Programs
  • Earth Systematic Missions Program
One paragraph of explanatory text
  • Earth System Science Pathfinder Program
One paragraph of explanatory text
  • Earth Science Research Program
Two paragraphs of explanatory text
  • Applied Sciences Program
One paragraph of explanatory text
  • Earth Science Technology Program
One paragraph of explanatory text
Pages 28-30 Heliophysics Division
  • Division Overview
  • Strategy and Management Philosophy
  • Summary of Portfolio by Programs
  • Living with a Star (LWS)
Paragraph of explanatory text
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Summary of the Draft Explore Science 2019-2024: A Vision for Scientific Excellence." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Review of the Draft 2019 Science Mission Directorate Science Plan. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25587.
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  • Solar Terrestrial Probes (STP)
Paragraph of explanatory text
  • Heliophysics Explorers
Paragraph of explanatory text
  • Space Weather Science and Applications (SWxSA)
Paragraph of explanatory text
  • Heliophysics Research
Paragraph of explanatory text
Pages 31-34 Planetary Science Division
  • Division Overview
  • Strategy and Management Philosophy
  • Summary of Portfolio by Programs
  • Discovery Program
Paragraph of explanatory text
  • New Frontiers Program
Paragraph of explanatory text
  • Solar System Exploration Program
Paragraph of explanatory text
  • Mars Exploration Program
Paragraph of explanatory text
  • Planetary Research
Long paragraph of explanatory text
  • Planetary Defense Program
Paragraph of explanatory text
  • Technology
Long paragraph of explanatory text
  • Outer Planets and Ocean Worlds Program
Heading only, no text
  • Lunar Discovery and Exploration Program
Paragraph of explanatory text
Page 35 Appendix A: Science Performance Goals Paragraph of text plus chart indicating how each of SMD’s four divisions contribute to NASA Science Performance goals in NASA’s Annual Performance Plan
Page 36 Appendix B: Acronym List Title only, no text
Page 37 Rear cover graphic and title “EXPLORE with us”
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Summary of the Draft Explore Science 2019-2024: A Vision for Scientific Excellence." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Review of the Draft 2019 Science Mission Directorate Science Plan. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25587.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Summary of the Draft Explore Science 2019-2024: A Vision for Scientific Excellence." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Review of the Draft 2019 Science Mission Directorate Science Plan. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25587.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Summary of the Draft Explore Science 2019-2024: A Vision for Scientific Excellence." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Review of the Draft 2019 Science Mission Directorate Science Plan. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25587.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Summary of the Draft Explore Science 2019-2024: A Vision for Scientific Excellence." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Review of the Draft 2019 Science Mission Directorate Science Plan. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25587.
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NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) ties together diverse researchers, sponsors, and resources to develop the science community’s understanding of the universe. Within scientific organizations like NASA, it is important to establish clear strategies and goals to guide research and foster new discoveries across varying missions. SMD created a draft for their 2019 Science Plan, and a review of this draft is necessary to ensure that the plan establishes clear, attainable, relevant, and ambitious goals.

Review of the Draft 2019 Science Mission Directorate Science Plan provides comments on and recommendations for SMD’s draft. Comments in this report focus on the level of ambition of the specified strategies in light of current and emerging opportunities to advance Earth and space science over the next 5 years, the ability of SMD to meet the science objectives in the most recent decadal surveys through implementation of specified strategies, additional strategies for SMD’s considerations, and the general readability and clarity of the draft. Recommendations in this report identify important improvements for the 2019 Science Plan.

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