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AAS Informational Email 2010-3


Background: The following is being sent to the US members of the AAS as a service to the National Academy of Sciences ASTRO2010 Survey.
-- Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer


This will be a short Bulletin to report to you that Astro2010 has remained on track since my last community bulletin in September. In the intervening period the Survey Committee has held three plenary meetings in October, January, and earlier this month.

At its fourth meeting in early October, the Survey Committee heard at its invitation from the agencies sponsoring Astro2010 (DOE, NASA, NSF), the AAS and the APS societies, and representatives of the ground-based astronomy community. In addition the Committee received interim reports from the chairs of the Program Prioritization Panels and held discussions with the chairs of the Science Frontiers Panels. In the weeks that followed, the Committee continued to hold weekly phone conferences to prepare for its final two meetings held earlier this year where decisions were taken on the choices for the Astro2010 program that will be at the core of the Committee’s report. In addition a major milestone was passed when the reports from all nine panels (five science and four program) entered the NRC review process.

After all this activity in the last 15 months I am happy to report that the report is on track for a release late Summer 2010. To meet that goal the Committee and NRC staff are working extraordinarily hard to get our draft into the NRC review process within the next 6-8 weeks.

As I mentioned in my last bulletin, the deliberations of the panels and the survey committee remain confidential under the usual operational procedures of the NRC. I must ask for your continued forbearance to be patient and respect this process. While I am sure many of us serving the Survey process would like to tell you more about what is going on, the NRC process precludes us from doing so. The value of this confidentiality is well proven and so if you have questions please direct them to the NRC staff at astro2010 at


Roger Blandford

[Mailed from 22 March 2010]

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