The Future of Fundamental Physics Research at NASA. From Quantum to Cosmos: Fundamental Physics Research in Space Airlie Center, Warrenton VA May 21-24, 2006 Michael Salamon Astrophysics Division/Science Mission Directorate/NASA HQ. Fundamental Physics at NASA.
From Quantum to Cosmos: Fundamental Physics Research in Space
Airlie Center, Warrenton VA
May 21-24, 2006
Astrophysics Division/Science Mission Directorate/NASA HQ
FY 2007 President’s Budget within Astrophysics?(The Universe Budget Changes)
* Federal Advisory Committee (FACA law => meetings are open to the public, excluding extraordinary circumstances)
1. From the Board of Physics and Astronomy Website within Astrophysics?
Astronomy and Astrophysics in the New Millennium
The report of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Survey Committee (AASC), Astronomy and
Astrophysics in the New Millenium, contains recommendations in priority order for
new initiatives to realize the science goals of the field. It is the most recent in a
series of surveys that are carried out once every 10 years.
In preparing the New Millennium report, the AASC made use of a series of panel
reports that address various aspects of ground- and space-based astronomy and
astrophysics. These reports provide in-depth technical detail.
Panel on Optical and Infrared Astronomy from the Ground
Panel on Radio and Submillimeter-Wave Astronomy
Panel on Ultraviolet, Optical and Infrared Astronomy from Space
Panel on Particle, Nuclear, and Gravitational-Wave Astrophysics
Panel on High-Energy Astrophysics from Space
Panel on Solar Astronomy
Panel on Theory, Computation, and Data Exploration
Panel on Astronomy Education and Policy
Panel on Benefits to the Nation
NASA Advisory Council (25 members)
Science Committee (5 members)
Audit & Finance
Science Subcommittees Executive Panel
(chairs of SMD subcommittees)
Planetary Protection Subcommittee
Earth Science Subcommittee
Planetary Science Subcommittee
Advises on SMD Roadmap
Each Subcommittee has about 15 members
NASA ADVISORY COUNCIL within Astrophysics?
SUBCOMMITTEES OF THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE
Astrophysics Subcommittee (APS) Slate
Congressional Charter for the AAAC within Astrophysics?
As established in SEC. 23 of P.L. 107-368 (the National Science Foundation
Authorization Act of 2002) and amended by SEC. 5 of P.L. 108-423 (the Department of Energy High-End Computing Revitalization Act of 2004):
ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
(a) Establishment.—The Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Department of Energy shall jointly establish an Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee (in this section referred to as the “Advisory Committee”).
(b) Duties.—The Advisory Committee shall—
(1) assess, and make recommendations regarding, the coordination of astronomy and astrophysics programs of the Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Department of Energy;
(2) assess, and make recommendations regarding, the status of the activities of the Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Department of Energy as they relate to the recommendations contained in the National Research Council's 2001 report entitled “Astronomy and Astrophysics in the New Millennium”, and the recommendations contained in subsequent National Research Council reports of a similar nature; and
(3) not later than March 15 of each year, transmit a report to the Director, the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Secretary of Energy, the Committee on Science of the House of Representatives, the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate, and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate on the Advisory Committee's findings and recommendations under paragraphs (1) and (2).
(From a talk at the CMB and Physics of the Early Universe Conference, April 22, 2006)Task Force for CMB Research (TFCR)
The 2005 Universe Roadmap, the UR-Document for Astrophysics in the SMD Science Plan
NASA Authorization Act for 2005 (S.1281) in the SMD Science Plan
Title I Section 101
(d) SCIENCE.— (1) IN GENERAL.—The Administrator shall develop a plan to guide the science programs of NASA through 2016.
(2) CONTENT.—At a minimum, the plan developed under paragraph (1) shall be designed to ensure that NASA has a rich and vigorous set of science activities, and shall describe— (A) the missions NASA will initiate, design, develop, launch, or operate in space science and earth science through fiscal year 2016, including launch dates; (B) a priority ranking of all of the missions listed under subparagraph (A), and the rationale for the ranking; and (C) the budget assumptions on which the policy is based, which for fiscal years 2007 and 2008 shall be consistent with the authorizations provided in title II of this Act.
Preamble: The NASA Science Story
Purpose & Progress: Tie to NASA Strategic Plan; table of goals and long-term outcomes; highlights of recent accomplishments
Summary of Science Questions and Prioritized Missions: (mostly tables)
Common Elements of Strategy: SMD principles; science prioritization and community engagement (NRC, NAC, etc.); role of R&A; research solicitation & selection (peer review basis, etc); program and mission development (mission classes, strategic & PI-mode, launch & comm services); technology management approach; EPO strategy; interagency & international partnerships
Research Areas: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, Astrophysics
Science Enabling & Enabled by Human Exploration: how science enables and is enabled by human exploration; SMD’s relationship to ESMD; science at the Moon; science in preparation for human expeditions to Mars
Summary: On the Brink of Understanding
Outline of Astrophysics Division contribution to NASA Science Plan for 2007-2016
Key Science Plan for 2007-2016
RoadmapSMD ReviewDraftPresentationTable Top ReviewMeetingsDelivery
SMD Science Plan Schedule 3/27
JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Earth (Internal Draft)
Mars to NRC
Mars post NRC
SMD Management Review
Draft of Common Elements Sections
Roadmap Presentations to Subcommittees
Status / Content Presentation to NAC / SC
Draft of Science Division Sections
1st Table top review with PA&E
Italics = change from prior version of the schedule
Draft for SC, Subcommittees, NRC, Industry, public review
1st Table top review with OMB
Comments from NRC,Subcommittees, etc.
Revised Draft for NAC/SC Review
Final Discussion with NAC / SC
2nd Table top review with PA&E
2nd Table top review with OMB
SSB report on impacts of FY07 request
Draft for Agency & OMB clearance
Deliver to Congress
NAC Science Committee
Chairs telecon - TBD