Senior Review Reports

The NASA Science Mission Directorate, or SMD, conducts comparative reviews of operating missions within each science division to assess the scientific return from these missions.  The Senior Review, held every two years, assists NASA in maximizing the productivity from its operating missions within a constrained budget. NASA uses the findings from the Senior Review to define an implementation strategy and give programmatic direction to the missions and projects reviewed through the next five fiscal years.

This established practice was codified in the NASA Authorization Act of 2005: “The Administrator shall carry out biennial reviews within each of the Science divisions to  assess the cost and benefits of extending the date of the termination of data collection  for those missions that have exceeded their planned mission life time.”

Year Description Format
2015 PDF (691 KB)
  PDF (107 KB)
2013 PDF (2.5 MB)
2010 PDF (1.2 MB)
2009 PDF (855 KB)
2009  PDF (59 KB)
2008 PDF (562 KB)
2006 PDF (104 KB)
2005 PDF (546 KB)
2003 PDF (252 KB)
2001 PDF (69 KB)
2001  PDF (292 KB)
2001  PDF (50 KB)
1997 PDF (45 KB)