If you’ve always wanted to help out the SMD (Science Mission Directorate) of NASA, the long-awaited chance has finally arrived. The space agency’s SMD is looking for external or virtual panel reviewers. They must be subject matter experts, and if you think you have what it takes, you can submit your data on the landing page at NASA’s website.
However, such a mission won’t be easy at all, and not everyone can be qualified. Here’s how the announcement of the space agency starts:
To increase the pool of un-conflicted reviewers we are seeking subject matter experts (SMEs) to engage in discussions at a virtual panel meeting or provide external reviews. While a significant time commitment, serving as a reviewer allows one to learn what’s new in the field, get first-hand experience with our review process, and network with colleagues. New researchers including post doctoral fellows and sometimes upper level graduate students are welcome.
The reviewers needed will have to implicate themselves in various scientific topics. They’ll need to be interested in Solar System observations, for instance. This is not surprising, as even now, in 2022, astronomers still are very interested in studying planets and moons of the Solar System. For instance, the James Webb Space Telescope recently published beautiful new infrared photos of the planet Jupiter.
Other scientific topics that NASA’s SMD wants reviewers for are Discovery Data Analysis, Exobiology, Emerging Worlds, Heliophysics Technology and Instrument Development for Science, Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics Networks, Heliophysics Early Career Investigator Program, Astrophysics Research and Analysis, and more.
As for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, it’s certainly far from reaching all its objectives. A new goal for the next-generation telescope is to take a good look at 88 distant galaxies. All of those galaxies are located in the SMACS 0723 cluster that the telescope photographed and presented back in July.