“SOFIA Upper Deck Science Opportunities Workshop”
In order to investigate the science questions that can be addressed in potential future research experiments on the Upper Deck of the Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a “SOFIA Upper Deck Science Opportunities Workshop”, was held at NASA Ames Research Center from June 21 to June 23, 2004. The primary product of this workshop will be a white paper with a clear articulation of important science questions that such upper deck experiments would address uniquely. Extended (2–5 page) papers were solicited which were published on-line prior to the meeting to serve as a library to assist in the writing of the white paper, writing tasks for which will be allocated at the workshop.
The scientific organizing committee of the meeting consisted of (in no particular order): Dr. Peter Jenniskens (SETI Institute, Main Organizer), Dr. Hansjuerg Jost (BAER Institute, Deputy Organizer), Prof. Mike Taylor (Utah State University), Dr. Ray Russell (The Aerospace Corporation), Dr. Tim Castellano (NASA Ames Research Center), Dr. Frans Rietmeijer (University of New Mexico at Albuquerque), Prof. Hans Stenbaek-Nielsen (Univ. of Alaska, Fairbanks), and Dr. Leonid Pfister (NASA Ames Research Center). The committee was chosen to represent a wide array of potentially interested research fields, including meteor astronomy, atmospheric sciences (gas sampling in the troposphere-stratosphere interface), infrared astronomy, occultation astronomy, stratospheric dust and interplanetary dust particle collection and analysis, auroral and sprite research, and Earth science research. The workshop was aimed at identifying other such research areas.