Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2000 15:14:46 -0600 (MDT)
Subject: DPS Mailing #00-14: Reports, NSF, NGST

Greetings, DPS Members-
 
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       |1) NASA reports on SR&T and University Partnerships     |
       |2) New Planetary Reports from the NRC                   |
       |3) Deadline for Planetary Astronomy Proposals to NSF    |
       |4) NGST Interim Science WG members sought               |
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NASA REPORTS ON SR&T AND UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIPS

NASA has recently developed two documents of particular interest to
astronomers in the United States, one reviewing NASA's Space Science
Supporting Research and Technology Programs (SR&T) and the other dealing
with University partnerships.  Both documents are available as web pages
and PDF files on the AAS Public Policy Web pages:

SR&T - HTML Version

http://www.aas.org/policy/SR&T_WhitePaper.htm

SR&T - PDF Version

http://www.aas.org/policy/SR&T_WhitePaper.PDF

University Partnerships - HTML Version

http://www.aas.org/policy/NASAUniversity_Cooperation.htm

University Partnerships - PDF Version

http://www.aas.org/policy/NASAUniversity_Cooperation.PDF

Kevin B. Marvel,
AAS Policy Programs

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NEW PLANETARY REPORTS FROM THE NRC

     Two new reports of interest to DPS members are now available from the
National Research Council's Space Studies Board.  The first, "Preventing
the Forward Contamination of Europa," was drafted by the Task Group on the
Forward Contamination of Europa (TGFCE), chaired by Larry Esposito of the
University of Colorado.  The second, "Scientific Assessment of Options for
the Disposal of the Galileo Spacecraft," was drafted by the Committee on
Planetary and Lunar Exploration (COMPLEX), chaired by John Wood of the
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
     Copies of both reports are available free of charge (while supplies
last) from The Space Studies Board, HA-584, 2101 Constitution Ave, NW,
Washington, D.C. 20418 (202-334-3477 or ssb@nas.edu).
     Both reports have also been posted to the world wide web and can be
found at the following URLs:

     Europa--www.nationalacademies.org/ssb/europamenu.htm

     Galileo--www.nationalacademies.org/ssb/galileoltr.htm

David H. Smith
Study Director
TGFCE & COMPLEX

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DEADLINE FOR PLANETARY ASTRONOMY PROPOSALS TO NSF

The next deadline for the submission of proposals in planetary astronomy to
the NSF is 25 September 2000; 5:00 pm submitter's local time.

All proposals must be submitted electronically via FastLane.

For further information, please contact --
Vernon Pankonin
E-Mail: vpankonin@nsf.gov   Tel: 703-306-1826   FAX: 703-306-0525
After August 1: Tel: 703-292-4902  FAX: 703-292-9034
Postal Address: Division of Astronomical Sciences,  Suite 1045,
National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22230

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NEXT GENERATION SPACE TELESCOPE INTERIM SCIENCE WG MEMBERS SOUGHT

Dear Colleague:

NASA and the Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST) project, is seeking
representatives of the international astronomical community to serve on the
NGST Interim Science Working Group (ISWG). Members of the NGST ISWG will
work in collaboration with the NGST Project, NASA Headquarters, and the
astronomical community to provide input during the formulation phase (Phase
A/B) of NGST. The ISWG will help provide astronomy community input on
questions relating to the science mission of NGST, and will help
disseminate information about NGST to the community.  

Astronomers from the US, Canada and from ESA member states are eligible for
membership.  Further details of the application and selection process may
be found at the following url:

http://www.ngst.stsci.edu/iswg
Dr. Anne Kinney
NASA NGST Program Scientist
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                      Nick Schneider, on behalf of the DPS Committee
                      (submissions to Al Harris: awharris@lithos.jpl.nasa.gov)
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