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3 Advantages and Disadvantages of Moving NSF's Astronomy and Astrophysics Responsibilities to NASA
Pages 29-33

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... It has a highly organized system (using independent advisory committees) for strategic planning of these missions and their operation, and it carries out its work through internal facilities, centers, and laboratories supported by extramural research funds.
From page 30...
... · Integration of privately and federally funded ground-based optical/infrared programs For ground-based optical/infrared astronomy, much of the observing power resides in telescopes constructed with private and/or state funds and owned and operated by universities or private institutions. Incorporating the NSF astronomy and astrophysics program into the NASA organization would not, by itself, solve a major issue in groundbased astronomy, namely, effective integration of the private telescope facilities into the larger system.
From page 31...
... Unless the NSF Astronomical Sciences Division budget enjoys extraordinary growth over the next decade, the Giant Segmented Mirror Telescope will be too costly to be pursued. The scale of the Giant Segmented Mirror Telescope is more commensurate with NASA missions; however, either agency would require a concomitant budget enhancement to enable construction of this telescope.
From page 32...
... · Diversity of funding opportunities NASA missions have a finite lifetime, and continuity depends on dovetailing their funding envelopes as time and fiscal pressures dictate. Any major space science mission failure could have a considerable impact on the NASA astronomy and astrophysics program and its community.
From page 33...
... Although NASA has a role in the interagency information technology initiative that is creating the powerful grid-based supercomputing capability needed by all of science and engineering, the main players are NSF and the Department of Energy, and to a lesser extent, the Department of Defense. The probable loss of synergy across all of the aforementioned fields is a prime argument against an administrative move of the NSF astronomy program to NASA.

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