Advisory Committees

NRC R&A study: The space studies board of the National Academies has convened a committee on 'The Role and Scope of Mission-Enabling Activities in NASA's Space and Earth Science Missions' which they point out encompasses '... much of NASAs research and analysis (R&A) programs...theory, modeling, and data analysis; sub-orbital flights and complementary ground-based programs; and advanced mission and instrumentation concept studies.' SMD is very excited about this committee which will be chaired by Dr. Lennard A. Fisk and includes many wise folks who have helped to shape the program in the past (e.g., Dr. Guenter Riegler), those who are still active in the NASA research community today (e.g., Dr. Mark V. Sykes) and distinguished innovators from industry (e.g., Steven Battel). See the final report at

During the Jan 21-22 meeting of the Mission-Enabling Activities group Paul Hertz presented many slides:

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AAAC: The Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee (AAAC) is a federal advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act that advises NASA, NSF and other agencies on selected issues within the fields of astronomy and astrophysics that are of mutual interest and concern to the agencies.

CAA: The Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics monitors the status of space- and ground-based astronomy and astrophysics and provides assessments to the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other institutions as a joint committee of the Space Studies Board and the Board on Physics and Astronomy.

Astro Decadal: Astro2010 - The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey report was released on August 13, 2010. The report as well as the presentation slides from the electronic town hall can be downloaded at where an archived version of the webcast is also available.

Planetary Decadal: The National Research Council has released the Planetary Science Decadal Survey that will chart our course for the next 10 years. Get more information, download white papers and view presentations. Download Visions and Voyages for Planetary Science in the Decade 2013-2022 (9.7 MB), this document sets out priorities for which planetary missions should be undertaken in the next ten years.


Helio Decadal: The Space Studies Board has release of a pre-publication version of the report, Solar and Space Physics: A Science for a Technological Society. the document can be downloaded as a PDF at: 
For more information about the decadal Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics) visit:

MOWGs: Management Operations Working Groups (MOWG's) are informal groups who help NASA maintain a close relationship with the space science community. There are MOWGs in various areas including the Planetary Systems Science/Management Operations Working Group, PSS/MOWG, the EPO MOWG, three Heliophysics MOWGs, many others. 

NAC: The NASA Advisory Council provides the NASA Administrator with council and advice on programs and issues of importance to NASA.

For up to date information about meeting dates, links to the NAC org chart, meeting minutes and presentations see

Science Advisory Committees: Four new Science Advisory Committees, formerly subcommittees of the NASA Advisory Council Science Committee (NAC SC), were constituted under The Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). These committees provide recommendations and advice to the SMD Division Directors and represent diverse perspectives within each of the science disciplines: Astrophysics, Earth Science, Heliophysics, and Planetary Science.

For up to date information about these committees visit:

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