Far-IR Astronomy from Space and the Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Process

Astro2010, the astronomy and astrophysics decadal survey, is the latest in a series of surveys that are produced every 10 years by the National Research Council (NRC) of The National Academy of Sciences. The decadal surveys assess science opportunities and recommend priorities for federal investment in astronomy and astrophysics. A link to the Astro2010 web site can be found here.

Community Workshop

FarIR workshop poster (thumbnail)

In preparation for the Decadal Survey, and in celebration of the 25th anniversary of IRAS, we held a workshop to discuss strategies and plans for the future of far-infrared space astronomy. The goal of the workshop was to help define key science and technologies for the next generation of space-based far-infrared missions, based upon recent discoveries and the expected return of upcoming facilities, such as WISE, Herschel, SOFIA, JWST, ALMA, etc.

An agenda from that meeting, along with links to the talks and posters, can be found at http://www.ipac.caltech.edu/irspace/

A copy of the most recent draft of the whitepaper generated from the Pasadena meeting can be found here. This draft was distributed and discussed at the January 2009 AAS meeting in Long Beach, CA, during a special session entitled "The Far-Infrared/Submillimeter Universe in High Definition" which took place on Tuesday, Jan. 6th at 2pm.


Astro2010 Science White Papers

Astro2010 Cross-Cutting White Paper

Astro2010 Technology Development White Papers

Astro2010 Request for Information on Activities White Papers