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Project Title: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Sciences

PIN: DEPS-SSB-16-08         

Major Unit:
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit:
Space Studies Board DEPS

RSO:
Smith, David

Subject/Focus Area:
Math, Chemistry, and Physics; Space and Aeronautics


Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Sciences
September 12, 2017 - September 14, 2017
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Dr.
Irvine, California


If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:


Contact Name: Andrea Rebholz
Email: arebholz@nas.edu
Phone: 2023342857
Fax:


Agenda:

Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science

NEAR-FINAL AGENDA
September 12 - 14, 2017

Beckman Center Huntington Room
100 Academy Drive Irvine, California

Tuesday, September 12

OPEN SESSION

7:30 a.m. Carpool from the Island Hotel Meet in the hotel lobby

7:30 a.m. Meeting Room Opens Breakfast available in the Beckman Center Refectory

8:30 a.m. Welcome and Agenda Review William McKinnon/Christopher House
Washington University/Penn State University

8:45 a.m. Overview of ESA’s Current Planetary Science Missions Athena Coustenis
CNRC/Paris Observatory

9:45 a.m. Break

10:00 a.m. What the DAWN Mission has Learned at Ceres Julie Castillo-Rogez
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

11:00 a.m. Space Telescopes for Planetary Science John Clarke
Boston University

12:00 p.m. General Discussion Lunch available in the Beckman Center Refectory

1:00 p.m. Europa Clipper Update Robert Pappalardo
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

2:00 p.m. Options to Explore Ocean Worlds Jonathan Lunine
Cornell University

3:00 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. Planetary Science Division Update James Green
NASA Headquarters

4:15 p.m. Astrobiology Program Update Mary Voytek or Michael New (WebEx)
NASA Headquarters

5:15 p.m. NASA Astrobiology Institute Update Penny Boston (WebEx)
NASA Astrobiology Institute

6:00 p.m. Meeting Adjourns

6:30 p.m. Working Dinner Cucina Enoteca
951 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 706-1416
8:30 p.m. Adjourn for the Day


Wednesday, September 13

OPEN SESSION

7:30 a.m. Carpool from the Island Hotel Meet in the hotel lobby

7:30 a.m. Meeting Room Opens Breakfast available in the Beckman Center Refectory


8:30 a.m. General Discussion Committee

8:45 a.m. Evidence for the Earliest Life on Earth Abigail Allwood
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

9:45 a.m. Break

10:00 a.m. Sterol Biosynthesis and the Rise of Oxygen David Gold
California Institute of Technology

11:00 a.m. Mars 2020 Update Kenneth Farley
California Institute of Technology

12:00 p.m. General Discussion Lunch available in the Beckman Center Refectory

1:00 p.m. Pluto Science Update and the Status of Planning for MU69 Flyby Alan Stern
Southwest Research Institute

2:00 p.m. Update on Permian-Triassic Extinction Landscape David Bottjer
University of Southern California

3:00 p.m. Break; Adjourn to Closed Session


Thursday, September 14

OPEN SESSION

7:30 a.m. Carpool from the Island Hotel Meet in the hotel lobby

7:30 a.m. Meeting Room Opens Breakfast available in the Beckman Center Refectory

8:30 a.m. Value of Participating Scientist Programs Louise Prockter
Lunar and Planetary Institute

9:30 a.m. Break; Adjourn to Closed Session


Note to Observers: This meeting is being held to gather information to help the committee conduct its study. This committee will examine the information and material obtained during this, and other public meetings, in an effort to inform its work. Although opinions may be stated and lively discussion may ensue, no conclusions are being drawn at this time and no recommendations will be made. In fact, the committee will deliberate thoroughly before writing its draft report. Moreover, once the draft report is written, it must go through a rigorous review by experts who are anonymous to the committee, and the committee then must respond to this review with appropriate revisions that adequately satisfy the Academy’s Report Review committee and the chair of the NRC before it is considered an NRC report. Therefore, observers who draw conclusions about the committee’s work based on today’s discussions will be doing so prematurely. Furthermore, individual committee members often engage in discussion and questioning for the specific purpose of probing an issue and sharpening an argument. The comments of any given committee member may not necessarily reflect the position he or she may actually hold on the subject under discussion, to say nothing of that person’s future position as it may evolve in the course of the project. Any inference about an individual’s position regarding findings or recommendations in the final report are therefore also premature.

Working Dinner: There will be a working dinner at Cucina Enoteca, 951 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660. Cucina Enoteca is located in the Fashion Island Center across the street from the Island Hotel. The telephone number for the restaurant is 949-706-1416. More information can be found at the following website: https://www.urbankitchengroup.com/cucina-enoteca-newport-beach/. All meeting participants can attend. The National Academies will only pay for the members of the committee and invited speakers. Unfortunately, the National Academies cannot pay for federal govt. employees or members of the public. If you are a fed. employee or public attendee, the cost of the dinner is $50.00 per person; checks, payable to the National Academy of Sciences, are preferred.


Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
W. McKinnon
C. House
S. Atreya
S. Horst
S. Stewart
N. Sahai
E. Kite
A. Rhoden
E. Asphaug
L. Prockter


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
Issues associated with the proposed Europa lander and Ice Giants missions. Relative responsibilities for the study of exoplanets vis a vis NASA's Planetary Science and Astrophysics divisions and the planetary science and astrophysics communities at large. Proposed presentations for the March 2018 committee meeting and possible joint sessions with other SSB discipline committees.


The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:
None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: November 14, 2017