Astronomy Priority Initiatives

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The table below lists the prioritized initiatives (combined ground and space) for the decade 2000 to 2010, as outlined in the National Academy of Sciences 2000 report, “Astronomy and Astrophysics in the the New Millennium.”


James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)

Giant Segmented Mirror Telescope (GSMT)

Constellation-X Observatory (Con-X)

Expanded Very Large Array (EVLA)

Large-aperture Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)

Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF)

Single Aperture Far Infrared (SAFIR) Observatory


Telescope System Instrumentation Program (TSIP)

Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST)

Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA)

Advanced Solar Telescope (AST)

Square Kilometer Array (SKA) technology development

Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)

Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy (CARMA)

Energetic X-ray Imaging Survey Telescope (EXIST)

Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System (VERITAS)

Advanced Radio Interferometry between Space and Earth (ARISE)

Frequency Agile Solar Radio telescope (FASR)

South Pole Submillimeter-wave Telescope (SPST)


National Virtual Observatory (NVO)

Other small initiatives

Source: National Academy of Sciences