Forging the Future of Space Science: The Next 50 Years

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National Academies Press, Mar 8, 2010 - Science - 166 pages
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From September 2007 to June 2008 the Space Studies Board conducted an international public seminar series, with each monthly talk highlighting a different topic in space and Earth science. The principal lectures from the series are compiled in Forging the Future of Space Science. The topics of these events covered the full spectrum of space and Earth science research, from global climate change, to the cosmic origins of life, to the exploration of the Moon and Mars, to the scientific research required to support human spaceflight.

The prevailing messages throughout the seminar series as demonstrated by the lectures in this book are how much we have accomplished over the past 50 years, how profound are our discoveries, how much contributions from the space program affect our daily lives, and yet how much remains to be done. The age of discovery in space and Earth science is just beginning. Opportunities abound that will forever alter our destiny.

 

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Contents

John C Mather
2
From the Big Bang to the Nobel Prize and on to the James Webb Space TelescopeJohn C Mather
3
Ralph J Cicerone
22
Global Climate Change and Human CausesRalph J Cicerone
23
Wesley T Huntress Jr
40
Celebrating 50 years since the IGYWesley T Huntress Jr
41
Carl E Walz
60
Science and Technology Results on the International Space StationCarl E Walz
61
Edward C Stone
108
Voyagers Journey to the Edge of Interstellar SpaceEdward C Stone
109
Charles Elachi
118
Scientific and Technological Challenges and OpportunitiesCharles Elachi
119
Frank B McDonald
126
Gateway to the Never Ending Wonders of Space ScienceThe Space Studies Board Van Allen Lecture delivered by Frank B McDonald
127
Appendixes
145
The International Geophysical Year
147

Christopher F Chyba
76
The Possibility of Life Elsewhere in the UniverseChristopher F Chyba
77
Christopher Rapley
90
Understanding the Poles of Earth the Moon and MarsChristopher Rapley
91
The Space Studies Board
149
Program of Public Events
151
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