[“Comment on ‘The CSSP implementation plan for space plasma physics programs’”] Solar-terrestrial physics revisited



The cover and feature article [“The CSSP Implementation Plan for Space Plasma Physics Programs”] of the December 10, 1985, issue of Eos continue a misleading impression of basic research in solar-terrestrial physics [STP]: all important solar- terrestrial research is based on observations made from space. While I praise authors D.N. Baker and D.J. Williams for their excellent promotion of the STP field, they make the myopic mistake of implying that the NASA [National Aeronautics and Space Administration]-supported research is equivalent to the complete U.S. program in STP research. The editors of Eos are imputed in this mistake by placing an attractive figure on the cover that omitted the essential word “NASA” in the title.