Decadal survey lays out ambitious U.S. astronomy research goals


  • Randy Showstack


Building on four previous decadal surveys of ground- and space-based astronomy a new report by the Astronomy and Astrophysics Survey Committee of the U.S. National Research Council (NRC) reaches for the stars in both its ambition and funding recommendations.

The report, issued on May 19, calls for $4.7 billion in federal funding for new investments in astronomy and astrophysics for the decade of 2000–2010. Leading the priority and cost list is a request for $1 billion in federal funding for the development of the Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST), which Survey Committee Co-Chair Christopher McKee of the University of California called a “worthy successor” to the Hubble Space Telescope.