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America’s Future in Space: Aligning the Civil Space Program with National Needs
Near-term and long-term human spaceflight program goals and options for fulfilling them;
Utility of satellites in understanding global climate change and in advancing geophysical sciences (physical oceanography, solid earth sciences, and so on), and roles and responsibilities of government agencies in such Earth observations;
Potential opportunities in various space sciences, including planetary missions, space-based astronomy, astrophysical observations, extraterrestrial life searches, assessing planetary bodies in other solar systems, and so on;
Reconciling total program content and total program resources for the civil space program;
Strength of the U.S. space industrial base;
Developing advanced technologies for applications in remote sensing and other areas;
Access to space, availability and cost of U.S. launch vehicles, use of foreign launch capabilities; and
International cooperation and competition in space programs.
National security space issues will not be a main focus of the report, but may be addressed to the extent that they interact with or impact the civil space program.