Academy chops another board



The number of National Research Council boards that advise the U.S. government on space policy has been reduced from three to two, according to testimony presented to Congress last week.

The Space Applications Board has been eliminated and its responsibilities split between the Space Science Board, now called the Space Studies Board, and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. The Space Studies Board will counsel NASA and other agencies on a broader range of space science issues than before, including microgravity research, Earth remote sensing, and human exploration of the solar system, all previously in the purview of the SAB.