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1 Introduction
Pages 5-8

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... In founding NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 directed the new agency to undertake the and the · "expansion of human knowledge of the Earth and of phenomena in the atmosphere and in space" ·"preservation of the role of the United States as a leader in aeronautical and space science and technology." NASA was formed from the existing National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and absorbed the bulk of the Vanguard Project and its staff from the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)
From page 6...
... was charged as a first task group with examining how to improve technology development and utilization in the agency's science programs. A new Task Group on Research Prioritization was established to analyze the general problem of research prioritization and to address the problem of sheltering NASA's ability to promote and support highly innovative and unproven research in a highly competitive funding environment.
From page 7...
... Specifically, the task group felt that a number of alternative organizational arrangements employed in institutions other than the NIH were also potentially relevant to NASA space science. In addition to details of science program management in NASA Headquarters, the task group also identified as important to this study both the overall NASA organization (Headquarters institutional and staff office management and field centers)
From page 8...
... The task group also sent a letter (Appendix G) inviting written comments from the discipline committees of the Space Studies Board and from the representatives of the 79 member institutions of the University Space Research Association.

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