the most important topics for the coming years. A shorter and more narrowly focused report treats the scientific value of Earth observations by the Shuttle Radar Laboratory.

All indications are that the Board’s guidance is used by those policy makers who must finally make the hard decisions about what we should do in space and how we should do it. This is the real reward for the hundreds of scientists who, working with dedicated NRC staff, volunteered their days, evenings, and weekends during 1995 to produce the reports presented in these pages.

Claude R.Canizares

Chair

Space Studies Board

April 1996



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