U.S. Astronomy and Astrophysics: Managing an Integrated Program

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National Academies Press, Nov 20, 2001 - Science - 94 pages
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In its fiscal year 2002 budget summary document the Bush administration expressed concern-based in part on the findings and conclusions of two National Research Council studies-about recent trends in the federal funding of astronomy and astrophysics research. The President's budget blueprint suggested that now is the time to address these concerns and directed the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to establish a blue ribbon panel to (1) assess the organizational effectiveness of the federal research enterprise in astronomy and astrophysics, (2) consider the pros and cons of transferring NSF's astronomy responsibilities to NASA, and (3) suggest alternative options for addressing issues in the management and organization of astronomical and astrophysical research. NASA and NSF asked the National Research Council to carry out the rapid assessment requested by the President. This report, focusing on the roles of NSF and NASA, provides the results of that assessment.


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Executive Summary
1 Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Start of the New Millennium
2 Current Roles and Relationships of NASA and NSF in Astronomy and Astrophysics
3 Advantages and Disadvantages of Moving NSFs Astronomy and Astrophysics Responsibilities to NASA
4 Findings and Recommendations
A Biographies of Committee Members and Key NRC Staff
B Meeting Agendas
C The Current Astronomy and Astrophysics Enterprise
D Glossary and Acronyms

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Page xiv - NRC, they were responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered.
Page 1 - Principal sources of these data are the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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