A Space Physics Paradox:: Why Has Increased Funding Been Accompanied by Decreased Effectiveness in the Conduct of Space Physics Research?

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This book investigates and analyzes several disturbing trends in government support for space physics research over the past decade. The authors identify funding and management problems that thwart cost efficiency within this discipline, and suggest possible solutions. The volume also has broader implications for anyone engaged in research or in the funding and organizing of space physics research.

  

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Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
1
INTRODUCTION
7
BIG SCIENCE LITTLE SCIENCE AND THEIR RELATION TO SPACE PHYSICS
11
RESEARCH FUNDING TRENDS
19
DEMOGRAPHICS
25
BASE PROGRAM FUNDING TRENDS IN SPACE PHYSICS
33
TRENDS IN THE CONDUCT OF SPACE PHYSICS
43
Solar Observations
49
Theory
64
Data Analysis
67
Conclusions and Recommendations
71
Revisiting the Big ScienceLittle Science Issue
72
Conclusions
73
Recommendations
76
REFERENCES
81
Space Physics Missions 19582000
83

Rocket Observations
56
Balloon Observations
60
The Solar Telescope That Saw No Light
89
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