Planning the future of space science



The NASA Office of Space Science (OSS) is once again engaged in the strategic planning process. The office prepares a new plan every 3 years for use as a guide by the agency in the allocation of budgets, and a new plan is due this year. The process begins with the preparation of science and technology road maps for each of the science themes in OSS—solar system exploration, structure and evolution of the universe, astronomical search for origins, and Sun-Earth connection (SEC). The latter includes the solar, magnetospheric, ionospheric-thermospheric-mesospheric, and heliospheric subdisciplines also encompassed by the Space Science and Aeronomy Section of AGU.