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House Committee to Hold Hearing on Solar and Space Physics Decadal Survey

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 13-Nov-2012
Updated: 13-Nov-2012 05:32 PM

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee's Space and Aeronautics subcommittee will hold a hearing at the end of the month on the recently released National Research Council Decadal Survey on solar and space physics, or heliophysics.

The solar and space physics Decadal Survey is the last in the most recent set of Decadal Surveys that lay out the top science priorities in various space science disciplines roughly every 10 years (a decade).  The NRC released Decadal Surveys for earth science and applications from space in 2007, astronomy and astrophysics in 2010, planetary science in 2011, and biological and physical sciences in space in 2011. 

Solar and Space Physics:  A Science for a Technological Society was released in August 2012.  The report was chaired by Dan Baker from the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado-Boulder.  A "town hall" meeting to present the results of the study to the solar and space physics community will be held at LASP this Friday.

Baker will testify at the hearing along with Chuck Gay, NASA's deputy associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate.  Additional witnesses may be added later.

The hearing will be on November 28, 2012 at 10:00 am ET in 2318 Rayburn House Office Building.


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