Supporting Research and Data Analysis in NASA's Science Programs

Supporting Research and Data Analysis in NASA's Science Programs

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Effective science, clearly a mandate for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), involves asking significant questions about the physical and biological world and seeking definitive answers. Its product is new knowledge that has value to the nation. NASA's flight projects are highly visible and usually the most costly elements of this process, but they are only a part of the science enterprise. Flight projects are founded on research that defines clear scientific goals and questions, designs missions to address those questions, and develops the required technologies to accomplish the missions. This research is funded primarily by NASA's research and analysis (RaA) programs. Data from flight projects are transformed into knowledge through analysis and synthesis-research that is funded both by RaA and by the data analysis (DA) portion of mission operations and data analysis (MOaDA) programs. RaA and DA programs are the subject of this report and are grouped for convenience under the heading of research and data analysis (RaDA).Dr. Walker is also a member of the Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory and the Center for Space Science and Astrophysics. Patrick John Webber a€” Dr. Webber received his Ph.D. in plant ecology from Queens University in Canada. ... From 1982 to 1989, Mr. Konkel served at NASA Headquarters as director of the Administration and Resources Management Division in the Office of Space Scienceanbsp;...

Title:Supporting Research and Data Analysis in NASA's Science Programs
Author:Task Group on Research and Analysis Programs, Space Studies Board, Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council
Publisher:National Academies Press - 1998-10-16


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