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1. 2 Astrophysics Division Staff Jon Morse, Director Rick Howard, Deputy Director Rick Harnden (IPA, SAO) - Swift, GLAST, High Energy Astrophysics (HEA)

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2 2 Astrophysics Division Staff Jon Morse, Director Rick Howard, Deputy Director Rick Harnden (IPA, SAO) - Swift, GLAST, High Energy Astrophysics (HEA) Hashima Hasan - Explorer Program, Division E/PO, UV/Optical Jeffrey Hayes (IPA, Catholic U) - MO&DA, HST, Spitzer, ADP Doug Hudgins (detail, Ames) - Spitzer, Herschel, PAO lead, Lab Astro/IR Paul Hertz - SOFIA, SMD Senior Advisor for Science Process Pamela Marcum (IPA, TCU) - Kepler, WISE, UV/Optical/IR Michael Moore - HST, LBTI Steve Ridgway (IPA, NOAO) - SIM, LBTI, Exoplanets, Optical/IR Michael Salamon - LISA, Planck, WMAP, GP-B, Astrophysics Theory Wilton Sanders (IPA, Wisconsin) - Suzaku, Con-X, R&A Lead, HEA, IR/Submm Eric Smith - JWST, IR/Submm Zlatan Tsvetanov (IPA, JHU) - GALEX, TPF, Exoplanets, UV/Optical Note: Multiple IPA hires are anticipated in 2008; applications are due by the end of January.

3 Alan Stern Associate Administrator/SMD Alan Stern Associate Administrator/SMD NASA TOWN HALL AUSTIN AAS 2008

4 SMDS SCIENCE PROGRAM LEADS THE WORLD $5.5B/YEAR BUDGET. LARGE EARTH SCIENCE, HELIOPHYSICS, PLANETARY SCIENCE, & ASTROPHYSICS PROGRAMS. 53 FLIGHT MISSIONS IN OPERATION. 41 FLIGHT MISSIONS IN DEVELOPMENT OPERATING R&A GRANTS. THESE NUMBERS EXCEED THE COMBINED EFFORTS OF ALL OTHER EARTH & SPACE SCIENCE PROGRAMS OF THE WORLD.

5 SMD Major Activities: Next 12 months

6 BUT STRONG COMMUNITY CONCERNS HAVE BEEN STATED NASA AND SMDS BUDGETS ARE NOT GROWING. SMDS FUTURE FLIGHT RATES HAVE BEEN DECLINING. RESEARCH FUNDS HAVE BEEN CUT. PROGRESS ON DECADAL SURVEY OBJECTIVES HAS BEEN SLOW. SMD HAS BEEN SLOW OR SIMPLY UNRESPONSIVE TO THESE ISSUES AND OTHERS.

7 WELL SMDS GOT A NEW TEAM AT THE HELM Chief Scientist (John Mather) DCS for ES (Randy Friedl) DCS for SS (Andy Cheng) Management & Policy Division Dir. (R. Maizel) Deputy (Vacant) Heliophysics Division Dir. (R. Fisher) Deputy (V. Elsbernd-Act) Astrophysics Division Dir. (J. Morse) Deputy (R. Howard) Planetary Science Division Dir. (J. Green) Dep. (J. Adams) Associate Administrator (AA) (Alan Stern) Deputy AA (Colleen Hartman) Deputy AA for Programs (Todd May) Senior Advisor for R & A (Yvonne Pendleton) Earth Science Division Dir. (M. Freilich) Deputy (B. Cramer) Dep/Programs (M Luther) Budget (C. Tupper) Policy & Administration (G. Williams- Act) Applied Science (T. Fryberger) Research (J. Kaye) Flight (S. Volz) Mars Program (D. McCuistion) Draft: 29 Nov 2007 Senior Advisor for Science Process & Ethics (Paul Hertz) Chief of Staff (Jens Feeley - Act) Chief Engineer (K. Ledbetter) Safety & Mission Assurance (P. Martin) Special Asst for NEOs and Exploration (Dan Durda) AAA: Strategy, Policy, and International (Marc Allen) Blue dashed boxes denote individuals who report to other organizations, but support SMD

8 By Controlling Costs to Increase Flight Rates. By Rebalancing Queues to Increase Flight Rates. By Expanding Foreign Collaborations. By Repairing R&A Processes & Budgets. By Ensuring Missions Fully Fund Their Science. By Valuing Responsiveness to Community Concerns. AND WE INTEND TO FULLY MEET THESE ISSUES HEAD ON

9 AVOIDED >$150M IN OVERRUNS. FUNDED FOUR NEW SMEX EXPLORER MISSIONS, REPLACING ONE MIDEX. INCREASED SUBORBITAL ROCKET AND BALLOON FLIGHT RATES. ENTERED INTO PARTNERSHIPS FOR BOTH AN OUTER PLANET FLAGSHIP AND SOLAR ORBITER. SOME ACTIONS WE HAVE TAKEN SINCE ARRIVING IN APRIL TAKEN R&A OFF THE TABLE FOR CUTS. AND INITIATED AN EFFORT TO SIMPLIFY AOs.

10 AND WEVE HAD FIVE SMD NEW MISSION STARTS SINCE APRIL Astrophysics: NuStar Small Explorer. Heliophysics: BARREL MoO. Planetary: GRAIL Discovery mission and the NeXT and EPOXI comet flyby MoOs.

11 Were making $70M available in Explorer Mission of Opportunity (MoO) funding. Weve initiated an annual MoO AO beginning in 2008, to foster more international collaboration opportunities. Weve worked to find an affordable, non-nuclear Solar Probe mission capable of being funded. And we desire a more modest Exoplanets program to keep NASAs Astrophysics portfolio healthy. BUT MORE FLIGHT PROGRAM CHANGES ARE AFOOT

12 We established the SARA position within SMD. We provided a mailbox for complaints and feedback about R&A programs We eliminated a backlog of hundreds of no-cost extension requests. We adopted widespread funding of 4-yr grants. We no longer redact budgets from review panels in ROSES-08. We accelerated grant win notifications after panel reviews, from months to weeks. AND R&A CHANGES HAVE ALSO BEEN MADE

13 SMDS FLIGHT PROGRAM: JANUARY 2007

14 SMDS FLIGHT PROGRAM: JANUARY 2008

15 THERE IS MORE WE CAN DO: BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP

16 WHY HAVE LAUNCH RATES DECLINED? COST OVERRUNS AND UNEXPECTED MISSION EXPENDITURES

17 WHY ELSE HAVE LAUNCH RATES DECLINED? A RECENT IMBALANCE TOWARD LARGE MISSIONS

18 WE NEED YOUR HELP TO ACHIEVE BETTER COST CONTROL AND A MORE BALANCED PROGRAM, LEADING TO FASTER PROGRESS IN THE ACC- COMPLISHING DECADAL SURVEYS. HIGHER FLIGHT RATES DEPEND ON YOU TOO THE COMMUNITY HAS TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION.

19 Jon Morse Director, NASA HQ Astrophysics Division NASA Town Hall, AAS Meeting January 8, 2008

20 20 SMD Research & Data Analysis Info Website The new SARA (Senior Advisor for R&A) website is your one-stop-shop for issues and information about SMDs R&A programs: Information related to SMD Grant Programs How To Guide for Proposers plus other PI issues Bi-Weekly Updates on R&A Process Improvements (subscribe on website) Grant Stats for every R&A program Contact Info for each Program Officer Research Highlights Across SMDs R&A Programs Direct Communication with NASA for anything R&A related Please Send Us Your Ideas and Concerns. We are listening.

21 21 Astrophysics Division: Project News Re-instatement of NuSTAR mission for launch in 2011 (PI: Fiona Harrison, Caltech) Small Explorer (SMEX) Announcement of Opportunity now Includes Missions of Opportunity, Solar Orbiter, and ISS payloads Exciting new capabilities planned for launch this year and next: 2008: GLAST, HST-SM4, Herschel, Planck 2009: Kepler, WISE PLUS: EPOXI exoplanet Mission of Opportunity investigation with Deep Impact S/C in 2008 (EPOCH PI: Drake Deming, GSFC) [PSD funded] Early science in 2009 with SOFIA Possible future AO solicitations for PI-led science investigations on medium-class strategic missions 2008 dark energy mission, 2009 exoplanets probe

22 22 Astrophysics Division: Research News Strategic investments in Research & Analysis and Suborbital programs Reinvigorate suborbital programs for science, technology, and on-ramps for PI/flight program leadership training –Increase flight rate for sounding rockets –Significant technical progress on ULDB balloons Increase core R&A investments to achieve ~30% proposal success rates –Restored full funding for FY08 Astrophysics Theory grants Strategic Mission Concept Studies NRA –42 proposals submitted: 11 large missions, 31 medium missions –8-10 selections anticipated, preparation for Decadal Survey Exoplanets Guest Observer research Kepler GO program solicitation in 2008 Anticipate 2008 solicitation for a few GO investigations with Canadian MOST mission, coordinated with MOST PI and science team

23 23 Astrophysics Division: Programmatic Balance Recent community reports call for re-establishing balance among small, medium, and large missions in the Astrophysics program: Astronomy & Astrophysics Advisory Committee 2007 Annual Report: The balance between small, medium and large programs in the NASA Astrophysics Division has been undermined. The AAAC recommends that the funding "wedge" in FY09/10 be used to add some funding for R&A and small missions, to rebalance the program. NRC 2007 NASA Astrophysics Program Assessment report: Recommendation #1: NASA should optimize the projected scientific return from its Astrophysics Program by ensuring a diversified portfolio of large and small missions that reflect the scientific priorities of the decadal review and by investing in the work required to bring science missions to their full potential: e.g., technology development, data analysis, data archiving, and theory. James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the current Astrophysics flagship, will hold its PDR/NAR to enter development in Spring 2008 FY2008 Congressional appropriations directs NASA to begin the development phase of the Space Interferometry Mission (SIM)

24 24 Funding Profile of a Balanced Program Beyond Einstein: JDEM, Con-X, LISA Exoplanets: Medium mission, tech dev JWST: LRD NET 2013

25 25 Consequences of An Unbalanced Program SIM: LRD NET 2015 JWST: LRD NET 2013

26 26 Funding Profile with Annual Cap SIM: LRD NET ~2017 JWST: LRD NET ~2015 BE: JDEM only, LRD NET 2014

27 27 Astro2010 Decadal Survey Commence community-based prioritization process in 2008 for producing a product in 2010 What are the new science opportunities in Astrophysics? What major initiatives follow JWST? What are future medium-class competed mission opportunities? What is the proper balance between projects in development, operating missions, and R&A? Work with the National Academies, partner agencies, advisory committees, community, and industry to improve the Decadal Survey process and output based on lessons learned Necessary and timely?

28 28 BACKUP CHARTS

29 29 Astrophysics Timelines

30 30 Astrophysics FY2008 Budget

31 31 Astrophysics Research Budget For FY2007, the following aggregates the competed Astrophysics research budget excluding flight hardware development Astrophysics R&A (really ST&T) ………………………………$50M Data analysis (other than Astrophysics R&A)…………………..$88M Mission specific General Observer/Guest Investigator programs Archival data analysis programs Mission Science Teams (other than Astrophysics R&A)……..~ $75M PI teams for missions and instruments selected through AO Additional team members selected through competition Participating scientists, interdisciplinary scientists, science working group members, etc. Total Astrophysics research and data analysis funding ………..~ $213M

32 32 Hubble SM-4 Progress SepOctNovDecJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAug Launch Aug 7 Ship to KSC COS, WFC3, SSE, etc. ACS Repair CDR Project PSR ACS Repair PER Install Flt Detector WFC3 WFC3 EMI/EMC #2 COS Accoustic Tst T/V Cal Tst #3 WFC3 FRRs GSFC & KSC SIM #3,4 EVA days 2&3 EVA Verif Complete SIM #2 gyro& batteries NBL 8.6 NBL 8.2 NBL 8.3 NBL Cargo Integration Review NBL 8.5 NBL 8.4 NBL 8.1 Start JISsComplt JISs

33 33 Mission Launches etc Balloon Campaigns Opportunities CY NET May 29 GLAST Aug 7 HST SM4 Oct 31 Herschel Planck NET Feb 19 Kepler Nov 1 WISE Astrophysics Mission Events Antarctica Sweden Ft. Sumner (spr) Ft. Sumner (fall) Palestine Australia D/J J/FM/J A/M J/J A/S S/O Rocket Program. Suborbital SMEX AO Sep (ANITA, BLAST) (FIRS2/SLS +) (HERO, TIGRE) (FIREBALL, GRAPE, LEE ^) (SUNRISE ^, SBI ^, HASP *, MKIV +) (CREAM, BESS, ATIC) Jan XQC #3 Aug LIDOS #1 May CIBER #1 Nov FUSP #1 Oct FUSP #2 May HRF #1 May CIBER #2 TBD HRF #2 Spring Mission S.R. Mission Concept NRA AugMay/Jun Archive S.R. Aug SOFIA Early Sci EPOCh Obs (Jan-May) Legend Purple - Mission with international lead + Earth Science Division balloon flight ^ Heliophysics Division balloon flight * Other Student Opportunity balloon flight Mar PICT- URE #1 Jan LIDOS #2

34 34 Strategic Planning Interactions Flight OCS Division AA SARA OCS Division AA SMD will rely on the same processes to make strategic flight project and R&A investment decisions

35 35 SMD Science Plan The Science Plan fulfills a Congressional requirement from the NASA Authorization Act of It is SMDs implementation plan, per the new NASA Strategic Management and Governance Handbook, under the 2007 NASA Strategic Plan. The Plan: Articulates science questions to be pursued in the context of national priorities, esp. the Vision for Space Exploration Defines and prioritizes missions Describes the associated research & analysis, technology, and related programs Available on-line at:

36 36 SARA Webpage Will connect to SMD page and explain who does what. Personalize Program Officers and connect community to them Provide ROSES info and results Info on proposal triage plan and timeline for repair Ideas for future efforts to increase efficiency Input from the viewer: Complaints and Praise FAQs and sanitized comments page Connections to EPO and Technology opportunities related to R & A YOUR Science highlights and EPO activities; press releases; upcoming TV exposure, etc. Announcements; science meeting info Calendar and volunteer opportunities to give talks at HQ Info on proposal triage plan and timeline for repair Ideas for future efforts to increase efficiency- feedback Input from the viewer: Complaints and Praise FAQs and sanitized comments page EPO and Technology related to R & A Science highlights; press releases; upcoming TV exposure, etc. both internal and external Connect to ROSES info/results (one stop shopping) Connect to/highlight Divisions in SMD


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