Solar and Space Physics: Space Science in the Twenty-First Century -- Imperatives for the Decades 1995 to 2015

Solar and Space Physics: Space Science in the Twenty-First Century -- Imperatives for the Decades 1995 to 2015

By: Space Science Board (author), Task Group on Solar and Space Physics (author), National Research Council (author), Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (author)Paperback

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From the interior of the Sun, to the upper atmosphere and near-space environment of Earth, and outward to a region far beyond Pluto where the Sun's influence wanes, advances during the past decade in space physics and solar physics--the disciplines NASA refers to as heliophysics--have yielded spectacular insights into the phenomena that affect our home in space. Solar and Space Physics, from the National Research Council's (NRC's) Committee for a Decadal Strategy in Solar and Space Physics, is the second NRC decadal survey in heliophysics. Building on the research accomplishments realized during the past decade, the report presents a program of basic and applied research for the period 2013-2022 that will improve scientific understanding of the mechanisms that drive the Sun's activity and the fundamental physical processes underlying near-Earth plasma dynamics, determine the physical interactions of Earth's atmospheric layers in the context of the connected Sun-Earth system, and enhance greatly the capability to provide realistic and specific forecasts of Earth's space environment that will better serve the needs of society. Although the recommended program is directed primarily at NASA and the National Science Foundation for action, the report also recommends actions by other federal agencies, especially the parts of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration charged with the day-to-day (operational) forecast of space weather. In addition to the recommendations included in this summary, related recommendations are presented in this report.

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Task Group on Solar and Space Physics, Space Science Board, National Research Council


1 Front Matter; 2 1. Introduction; 3 2. Scientific Objectives; 4 3. Status Expected in 1995; 5 4. New Initiatives: 1995 to 2015; 6 5. Summary of Technology Development Needs; 7 Appendix A: Workshop on Imaging of the Earth's Mangetosphere; 8 Appendix B: Excerpts from the Final Report of the Jupiter Polar Orbiter Workshop; 9 Appendix C: Excerpts from the Draft Report of the Workshop on Plasma Physics Research on the Space Station; 10 Appendix D: Probing Fundamental Astrophysical Scales with High-Resolution Observations of the Sun: Prospects for the Twenty-first Century

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  • ISBN13: 9780309038485
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 150
  • ID: 9780309038485
  • ISBN10: 0309038480

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