Examining the Value of NASA’s Large Strategic Science Missions
 – New Report

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) operates dozens of spacecraft performing many different missions, developing billion-dollar class missions known as the flagship missions of the agency. They are not only the most complex and costly but also the most capable of the scientific spacecraft suite developed by NASA.

A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine examines the role of the large, strategic missions within a balanced program across NASA’s SMD space and earth sciences programs.  The report provides recommendations for NASA to help guide the future prioritization of the large strategic missions that include a range of mission classes.

Advance copies of Powering Science — NASA’s Large Strategic Science Missions will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EDT on Wednesday, Aug. 23.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT Thursday, Aug. 24.  To obtain a copy, please contact the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu.