...the who's who,
and the what's what 
of the space industry

Space Careers

news Space News

Search News Archive

Title

Article text

Keyword

  • Home
  • News
  • American Astronomical Society Supports Astro2020 Decadal Survey

American Astronomical Society Supports Astro2020 Decadal Survey

Written by  Friday, 05 November 2021 11:01
Write a comment
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 05, 2021
The American Astronomical Society (AAS), a major international organization of professional astronomers, astronomy educators, and amateur astronomers, supports the decadal survey report identifying scientific and foundational priorities, opportunities, and funding recommendations for astronomy and astrophysics in the coming decade and beyond. The report of the Astro2020 steering committee, sever

The American Astronomical Society (AAS), a major international organization of professional astronomers, astronomy educators, and amateur astronomers, supports the decadal survey report identifying scientific and foundational priorities, opportunities, and funding recommendations for astronomy and astrophysics in the coming decade and beyond. The report of the Astro2020 steering committee, several years in the making, was released this morning in a public briefing webinar by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. AAS leadership anticipates passing a formal endorsement at its Board of Trustees meeting next week.

"The AAS thanks the Astro2020 steering committee for their work, and we are poised to act on and actively advocate for the important recommendations set in this report, which are based on broad input from our astronomical community," says AAS President Paula Szkody (University of Washington). "Implementing these recommendations will point our field toward a healthier profession and a promising future of astronomical discoveries."

The Astro2020 decadal survey report, titled Pathways to Discovery in Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 2020s, is the seventh in a series of surveys produced every 10 years by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Many of today's most powerful and scientifically productive ground- and space-based telescopes were built following the recommendations of earlier decadal surveys.

The decadal survey report's recommendations include a balance of small, medium, and large initiatives, as well as a broad strategy for developing and supporting ground- and space-based observatories across the electromagnetic spectrum and in the new windows of gravitational waves and high-energy neutrinos. In addition, the report makes detailed recommendations for foundational activities, providing a path to invest in the people, the research, and the technology that drive astronomy and astrophysics advances.

The 20-member Astro2020 steering committee, co-chaired by Fiona Harrison (California Institute of Technology) and Robert Kennicutt Jr. (University of Arizona and Texas A and M University), surveyed the entire field, from science to infrastructure, and assessed ground- and space-based activities in astronomy and astrophysics, including both new and previously identified concepts. Their resulting recommendations are addressed to the agencies supporting the field (chiefly NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy), the Congressional committees with jurisdiction over those agencies, the scientific community, and the public.

During its lengthy study, the Astro2020 steering committee carefully weighed input from the nation's astronomers and astrophysicists. More than 141 experts served on the 13 science, program, and state-of-the-profession panels that provided recommendations to the steering committee.

These panels read and assessed a total of 572 science "white papers" - authored by more than 4,500 individuals - that laid out a wide array of questions the astronomy and astrophysics community is now poised to answer. In addition, nearly 300 additional reports were considered describing the state of the profession and activities and projects.

"The Astro2020 report recommends a 'technology development first' approach in the construction of large missions and projects, both in space and on the ground," comments Joel Bregman (University of Michigan), chair of the AAS Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy. "This will have a profound effect in the timely development of projects and should help avoid budgets getting out of control."

The AAS has formed an ad hoc group to proactively support the ongoing work of the co-chairs and to coordinate with other stakeholders in advocating for implementation of the survey. Former AAS President Megan Donahue (Michigan State University), who is leading this effort, notes, "We welcome the efforts of our entire community in realizing the vision laid out in the report."

"The US astronomy community has made great progress advancing our science by coming together every decade to establish our priorities and identify our funding needs," adds AAS Executive Officer Kevin B. Marvel. "History shows that this process is a recipe for successful discovery: investments are ultimately made, instruments are built, and our understanding of the universe grows. The AAS looks forward to working with members of our community to advance the latest priorities and lay the groundwork for the exciting research results of the future."


Related Links
Astro2020 Decadal Survey
Stellar Chemistry, The Universe And All Within It

Tweet

Thanks for being there;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5+ Billed Monthly

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once

credit card or paypal



STELLAR CHEMISTRY
The Road to Launch and Beyond for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2021
Now that NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has safely arrived at its launch site in French Guiana, on the northeastern coast of South America, technical teams have begun making progress on the final checklist of preparations before liftoff later this year. These preparations are expected to last 55 days from the observatory's arrival by ship to the day of launch. After Webb arrived at the Arianespace clean room facilities in French Guiana, contamination control technicians ensured the observ ... read more


Read more from original source...

You must login to post a comment.
Loading comment... The comment will be refreshed after 00:00.

Be the first to comment.

CONTACT THE AUTHOR

* Denotes Required Field
Personal information
Message

Interested in Space?

Hit the buttons below to follow us...