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The American Astronomical Society (AAS) today issued a strong statement protesting yesterday’s proposal from the House Appropriations Committee to cancel the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), Hubble’s successor and the centerpiece of U.S. space astronomy for the next two decades. “The proposed cancellation of JWST is a bad idea,” says AAS Executive Officer Dr. Kevin B. Marvel. “Several billion dollars have already been spent developing new cutting-edge technology, and the last thing the American people want is for Congress to throw good money away. The U.S. will rightly be proud of the accomplishments of JWST, but first we need to finish it and launch it.”

21 Nov 2012 - Public Policy

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), in partnership with the American Astronomical Society (AAS), presented the annual Priscilla and Bart Bok Awards to two high-school students at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held May 8 to 13 in Los Angeles, California.

25 Oct 2012 - Schooling

Dr. Maran is an astronomer and science writer with decades of experience in the space program. The author or editor of 12 books and more than 100 popular articles on astronomy and space exploration, and many more scientific publications, he retired from NASA on October 1, 2004, after more than 35 years with the agency. On August 31, 2009, he retired after 25 years (most of them overlapping with his NASA service) as AAS press officer.

25 Oct 2012 - Grants and Prizes: External

Qualified journalists may be eligible for complimentary access to the electronic editions of the Astrophysical Journal and Astronomical Journal.

19 Jun 2014 - Press

This embargo policy applies to all AAS and Division meetings, except where Division policies differ in writing.

25 Oct 2012 - Press

At its 217th semi-annual meeting last week in Seattle, Washington, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) named the recipients of its 2011 prizes for achievements in research, instrument development, education, and writing. The honorees range from college students to distinguished senior astronomers.

21 Nov 2012 - Grants and Prizes: AAS

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09 Dec 2014 - Governance

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) is pleased to announce that the first Lancelot M. Berkeley – New York Community Trust Prize for Meritorious Work in Astronomy is being awarded to William J. Borucki and David G. Koch. Both at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, Borucki and Koch (rhymes with "Bach") serve as principal investigator and deputy principal investigator, respectively, of the Kepler space mission, which — in the words of the prize committee's citation — "is discovering new exoplanets while making major advancements in the search for terrestrial planets around other stars."

25 Oct 2012 - Grants and Prizes: AAS
23 Dec 2014 - Press, Meetings

September 7, 2010

The purpose of this document is to describe and prioritize the Society’s activities, including the work of the Executive Office and the Society governance.

The goals and priorities will be regularly reviewed and updated by Council.

16 Aug 2012 - Governance

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