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Suborbital flights?

April 24, 2009

Are you one of those scientists who got their start in suborbital or balloon flights, and feel that this component is currently lacking for planetary science?  Are you looking for a way to flight test a new instrument?  Do you have other ideas about mission-enabling activities for future mission proposals?

If so, you’ll want to check out the news from the latest Letter from SARA (Max Bernstein), Service and Advice for Research and Analysis at NASA Headquarters Science Mission Directorate:

4) The National Academies committee is currently engaged in a study of ‘The Role and Scope of Mission-Enabling Activities in NASA’s Space and Earth Science Missions’ in which they include ‘… much of NASA’s research and analysis (R&A) programs…theory, modeling, and data analysis; sub-orbital flights and complementary ground-based programs…’ so of course SARA is interested and has provided data. You are encouraged to offer input to this group. Information about the participants can be found on the national academies web page for this committee.

Check it out … and provide your input if this is a burning issue for you!

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