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Althoughthescientificdisciplineofastronomyhasmadetremendousstridesinunderstandingthe

natureoftheuniverseanditscontents,thereremainsomeimportantunansweredquestions.Answers
tothesemayrequiretheconstructionofnewgroundandspacebasedinstruments,andpossiblynew
developmentsintheoreticalandexperimentalphysics.
Whatistheoriginofthestellarmassspectrum?Thatis,whydoastronomersobservethesame
distributionofstellarmassestheinitialmassfunctionapparentlyregardlessoftheinitial
conditions?
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Adeeperunderstandingoftheformationofstarsandplanetsisneeded.
IsthereotherlifeintheUniverse?Especially,isthereotherintelligentlife?Ifso,whatisthe
explanationfortheFermiparadox?Theexistenceoflifeelsewherehasimportantscientificand
philosophicalimplications.
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IstheSolarSystemnormaloratypical?
WhatcausedtheUniversetoform?IsthepremiseoftheFinetuneduniversehypothesiscorrect?
Ifso,couldthisbetheresultofcosmologicalnaturalselection?Whatcausedthecosmicinflation
thatproducedourhomogeneousuniverse?Whyisthereabaryonasymmetry?
Whatisthenatureofdarkmatteranddarkenergy?Thesedominatetheevolutionandfateofthe
cosmos,yettheirtruenatureremainsunknown.
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Whatwillbetheultimatefateofthe
universe?
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Howdidthefirstgalaxiesform?Howdidsupermassiveblackholesform?
Whatiscreatingtheultrahighenergycosmicrays?
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