Frances Bagenal; Hazel Bain; Thomas Berger; Lauren Blum; Katelynn Greer; Adam Kowalski; David Malaspina

National Academies; National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); National Science Foundation (NSF); Department of the Air Force (USAF); Department of Commerce (DOC)

Collaboration + support
Ann and H. J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences; Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR); Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES); Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP); Space Weather Technology, Research and Education Center (SWx TREC)

Six CU Boulder scientists have been selected to contribute their expertise on committees and panels of the Decadal Survey for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics) 2024-2033. 

Heliophysics encompasses research on the Sun, Sun-Earth connections, the origins of space weather, the Sun’s interactions with other bodies in the solar system, the interplanetary medium and the interstellar medium. 

Decadal surveys assess the performance of NASA programs, as well as set priorities and plan for future research to advance scientific understanding of the field, including in-depth assessments of potential missions. 

Additionally, for the first time, a team from CU Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) has led a large mission concept study, PILOT, which will be reviewed during the survey.

Image: A simulation snapshot revealing high-speed jets of plasma forming in Earth’s magnetosphere. Image by Nasa.