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Project Title: Review of Progress Toward Implementing the Decadal Survey Vision and Voyages for Planetary Sciences

PIN: DEPS-SSB-16-12         

Major Unit:
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit:
Space Studies Board DEPS

Day, Dwayne

Subject/Focus Area:
Space and Aeronautics

Review of Progress Toward Implementing the Decadal Survey Vision and Voyages for Planetary Sciences
February 26, 2018 - February 28, 2018
Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

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: Dionna Wise
Phone: 202-334-2447


Committee on the Review of Progress toward Implementing the
Decadal Survey Vision and Voyages for Planetary Sciences

Draft Agenda
Meeting #5: February 26-28, 2017

Monday, February 26, 2018
Keck Center, Room 201
500 Fifth Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

7:30 a.m. Room Opens (Working Breakfast Available in the Room)

8:30 a.m. Meeting Convenes

9:00 a.m. NASA Planetary Science Division Overview
Jim Green, NASA

10:00 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. Committee Discussion

11:00 a.m. Discussion Continues


12:00 p.m. Working Lunch Available in the Room

1:00 p.m. Discussion Continues

2:00 p.m. Discussion Continues

3:00 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. Discussion Continues

5:30 p.m. Meeting Adjourns to an Alternate Location

6:30 p.m. Working Dinner at the District Chophouse
509 7th Street, Washington, DC 20004

8:30 p.m. Adjourn for the Day

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Keck Center, Room 201
7:30 a.m. Room Opens (Working Breakfast Available in the Meeting Room)

8:29 a.m. Meeting Convenes

8:30 a.m. Committee Discussion

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. Name the Report Competition

12:00 p.m. Working Lunch Available in the Room

1:00 p.m. Discussion Continues

3:00 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. The NASA Astrobiology Institute (Via internet/Zoom)
Penelope Boston, NASA Ames

5:30 p.m. Meeting Adjourns for the Day

Wednesday, February 28, 2017
Keck Center, Room 201

7:30 a.m. Room Opens (Working Breakfast Available in the Meeting Room)

8:30 a.m. Committee Discussion

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. Discussion Continues

12:00 p.m. Working Lunch Available in the Cafeteria; Discussion will continue

1:00 p.m. Meeting Adjourns

Statement of Task:

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine shall convene an ad hoc committee to review the response of NASA's Planetary Science program to the 2011 decadal survey, "Vision and Voyages for Planetary Sciences in the Decade 2013-2022" (V&V). The committee's review will include the following tasks:
• Describe the most significant scientific discoveries, technical advances, and relevant programmatic changes in planetary sciences over the years since the publication of the planetary decadal survey (Vision & Voyages or V&V);
• Assess the degree to which NASA’s current planetary science program addresses the strategies, goals, and priorities outlined in the V&V and other relevant NRC and Academies reports and assess NASA progress toward realizing these strategies, goals, and priorities, and effectiveness in maintaining programmatic balance;
• With respect to the Mars program within the planetary science program, the committee’s assessment will include:
o the Planetary Science Division’s Mars exploration architecture and its responsiveness to the strategies, priorities, and guidelines put forward by the National Academies’ V&V and other relevant National Academies Mars-related reports;
o the long-term goals of the Planetary Science Division’s Mars Exploration Program and the program’s ability to optimize the science return, given the current fiscal posture of the program;
o the Mars exploration architecture’s relationship to Mars-related activities to be undertaken by foreign agencies and organizations; and
o the extent to which the Mars exploration architecture represents a reasonably balanced mission portfolio.
• Recommend any actions that could be taken to optimize the science value of the planetary science program including how to take into account emergent discoveries since the decadal in the context of current and forecasted resources available to it;
• Provide guidance about implementation of the decadal’s recommended mission portfolio and decision rules for the remaining years of the current decadal survey, but do not revisit or redefine the scientific priorities or mission recommendations from the V&V and;
• Recommend any actions that should be undertaken to prepare for the next decadal survey, such as community discussion of science goals, potential missions, and programmatic balance, and NASA support of potential mission concept studies.

The following information is provided for any members of the general public who may be in attendance:

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.

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Keck Parking: There is plenty of free parking in the Keck Center’s underground lot. Access to the lot is off of Sixth Street (between E and F Streets).

Wi-Fi Connection: To connect to the Wi-Fi choose “Visitor Network” then open up a browser and click “Accept terms and conditions.” You will then be connected to the internet.

Meals: Lunch and breakfast will be available at the meeting. In order to remain in compliance with government guidelines that preclude civil servants from accepting meals, we have provided a break-down for civil servants needing to reimburse those costs. The reimbursement cost of breakfast is $15 and is $16 for lunch. Checks, payable to the National Academy of Sciences, are preferred. Should you prefer there is also a refectory available for purchasing your meals in the building.

Last updated: February 26, 2018

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
Dave Bearden
Scott Bolton (via Zoom)
Barbara Cohen
Andrew Davis
Melinda Darby Dyar
Alan Harris
Amanda Hendrix
Bruce Jakosky
Margaret Kivelson
Scott Murchie
Louise Prockter
Joseph Rothenberg
Mark Saunders
Suzanne Smrekar
David Stevenson

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
The Committee's findings and recommendation.
Writing assignments and deadlines.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:
No outside written materials were distributed to the committee.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: February 28, 2018