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By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Physics and Astronomy, Space Studies Board, NASA Astrophysics Performance Assessment Committee

ISBN-10: 0309104904

ISBN-13: 9780309104906

Whereas a couple of notable discoveries in astronomy and astrophysics have taken position over the last twenty years, many vital questions stay. endured development in those fields would require NASA's management. to aid confirm if NASA can meet this problem, Congress, within the 2005 NASA Authorization Act, directed the supplier to have "the functionality of every department within the technology directorate...reviewed and assessed through the nationwide Academy of Sciences at 5-year intervals." In early 2006, NASA requested the NRC to behavior such an evaluation for the agency's Astrophysics department. This record provides an evaluate of ways good NASA's present software addresses the suggestions, objectives, and priorities defined in prior Academy experiences. The file presents an research of development towards figuring out those techniques, targets, and priorities; and a dialogue of activities that may be taken to optimize the clinical worth of this system within the context of present and forecasted assets.

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Einstein Probes NASA’s Beyond Einstein roadmap highlighted three missions recommended by the NRC as Einstein Probes, and it recommended that NASA conduct these missions as competitively selected principal-investigator-led missions with a cost cap of $600 million. Although a number of mission concept studies have been supported, no Announcement of Opportunity is expected for these missions until at least 2009. The Q2C report recommended that NASA collaborate with the Department of Energy on the Joint Dark Energy Mission, a wide-ield telescope in space that would explore the acceleration of the expansion of the universe.

5 billion through to launch. Since that baseline was established, the cost of the project has increased by nearly another billion dollars. 8This section does not discuss the ARISE mission, which has not been funded and does not appear in any NASA roadmap. 1 Summary of NASA Plans for Recommended Large and Moderate Astrophysics Missions Launch Dateb Mission Recommended bya 2003 Plan 2006 Plan Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission-4 Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy AA1980, DDAA, AANM AA1980, DDAA DDAA, AANM 2004 2003 2005 2008 Launched August 2003 Canceledc Space Interferometry Mission Keck Telescope Outriggers Herschel/Planck Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope Kepler (Discovery) James Webb Space Telescope Constellation-Xe Terrestrial Planet Finder Laser Interferometer Space Antennae Black Hole Finder Probee Single Aperture Far Infra-Red Observatory Inflation Probee Joint Dark Energy Missione LBTI (Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer) AA1980, DDAA, AANM 2005-2010 2003 2007 2007 2007 2005-2010 NET 2011 2010-2015 NET 2011 NET 2012 Deferred NET 2012 NET 2012 2005 NET 2015 Canceled 2008 2007 2008 2013 NET 2016 NET 2018 NET 2016 Deferred Deferred Deferred Deferred 2009 ESA AANM AANMd AANM AANM, Q2C AANM (td) AANM, Q2C AANM AANM (td) Q2C Q2C AANM 22 aAA1980, Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 1980’s (1982); DDAA, The Decade of Discovery in Astronomy and Astrophysics (1991); ESA, European Space Agency; AANM, Astronomy and Astrophysics in the New Millennium (2001); Q2C, Connecting Quarks with the Cosmos: Eleven Science Questions for the New Century (2003); (td), missions recommended for technology development in this decade.

Ensuring the Diversity of NASA Missions The AANM survey report stated that both lagship and Explorer missions are important, noting that, at the time the report was written, opportunities for moderate-scale missions were less readily available. The AANM report recommended that NASA encourage a diverse range of mission sizes in order to produce the most effective science return from the program. Although six astrophysics Explorer missions have been launched in the current decade, those launches are the result of development work performed mostly in the 1990s.

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