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Corp Author National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (U.S.) Committee on Large Strategic NASA Science Missions: Science Value and Role in a Balanced Portfolio, author.
Title Powering science : NASA's large strategic science missions / Committee on Large Strategic NASA Science Missions: Science Value and Role in a Balanced Portfolio, Space Studies Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences.
Imprint Washington, DC : The National Academies Press, [2017]

Subject United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- Management.
Space flights -- Management.
Space sciences -- Evaluation.
Astronautics and state.
Outer space -- Exploration -- Management.
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 112 pages) : color illustrations
Note "A consensus study report of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine."
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references.
Summary "NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) currently operates over five dozen missions, with approximately two dozen additional missions in development. These missions span the scientific fields associated with SMD's four divisions--Astrophysics, Earth Science, Heliophysics, and Planetary Sciences. Because a single mission can consist of multiple spacecraft, NASA-SMD is responsible for nearly 100 operational spacecraft. The most high profile of these are the large strategic missions, often referred to as "flagships." Large strategic missions are essential to maintaining the global leadership of the United States in space exploration and in science because only the United States has the budget, technology, and trained personnel in multiple scientific fields to conduct missions that attract a range of international partners. This report examines the role of large, strategic missions within a balanced program across NASA-SMD space and Earth sciences programs. It considers the role and scientific productivity of such missions in advancing science, technology and the long-term health of the field, and provides guidance that NASA can use to help set the priority of larger missions within a properly balanced program containing a range of mission classes"--Publisher's description.
Contents Introduction -- Balancing strategic missions -- Risks and regulations of cost overruns for large strategic missions -- Comparing large strategic missions and smaller missions -- Appendixes.
Note Vendor-supplied metadata.
ISBN 9780309463843 (electronic bk.)
030946384X (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 1017992696
Additional Format Print version: Powering science : NASA's large strategic science missions. Washington, District of Columbia : The National Academies Press, ©2017 xiv, 112 pages 9780309463836.