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Appendix A: Statement of Task and Panel Descriptions
Pages 223-227

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... Identify the most compelling science challenges and frontiers in astronomy and astrophysics, which shall motivate the committee's strategy for the future; 3. Develop a comprehensive research strategy to advance the frontiers of astronomy and astrophysics for the period 2022-2032 that will include identifying, recommending, and ranking the highest priority research activities -- taking into account for each activity the scientific case, international and private landscape, timing, cost category and cost risk, as well as technical readiness, technical risk, and opportunities for partnerships.
From page 224...
... Its scope will include observations, theory, and simulations of galaxy formation and evolution, galactic structure and dynamics, galaxy clusters, stellar populations in galaxies, the intergalactic medium, chemical evolution of galaxies, gravitational lensing as applied to galaxy structure, demographics of supermassive black holes, co-evolution of galaxies and supermassive black holes, relevant aspects of Milky Way science, and related phenomena associated with active galactic nuclei. Panel on Exoplanets, Astrobiology, and the Solar System The Panel on Exoplanets, Astrobiology, and the Solar System will identify and articulate the scientific themes that will define the frontier in research of exoplanets, astrobiology, and the solar system in the 2022-2032 decade.
From page 225...
... Panel on Electromagnetic Observations from Space 2 The Panel on Electromagnetic Observations from Space 2 (EOS2) will identify and suggest to the decadal survey committee a program of federal investment in research activities that involve observations of astrophysical phenomena primarily by means of radio, far-infrared, and high-energy electromagnetic observations from space; and research activities that involve gravitational radiation or particle detection from space.
From page 226...
... Panel on Particle Astrophysics and Gravitation The Panel on Particle Astrophysics and Gravitation (PAG) will identify and suggest to the decadal survey committee a program of federal investment in research activities exploring areas at the interface of physics and astronomy such as gravitational radiation, gamma-ray astronomy, cosmic rays, and neutrinos.
From page 227...
... Structurally, the science panels were requested to keep their reports brief, keeping figures and citations to a minimum, but they were not constrained in how they chose to organize their writing. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM THE STEERING COMMITTEE TO THE PROGRAM PANELS Astro2020's steering committee gave additional instructions to the program panels as they carried out their work of suggesting programs of federal investment in research activities for the next decade.


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