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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

RSO: Day, Dwayne

Subject/Focus Area: Space and Aeronautics


Project Scope
NOTE: THE STATEMENT OF TASK HAS BEEN UPDATED TO INCLUDE A MARS ASSESSMENT AS CALLED FOR IN THE 2017 NASA AUTHORIZATION ACT

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.


This project is funded by NASA
Expected report date is 5/31/18


 
Project Duration: 18 months    

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Meetings
 Meeting 1 - 04/10/2017
 Meeting 2 - 05/04/2017
 Meeting 3 - 07/11/2017

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