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Project Title:

Exoplanet Science Strategy
PIN: DEPS-SSB-17-02        

Major Unit:

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit: Board on Physics & Astronomy DEPS
Space Studies Board DEPS

RSO: Lang, David

Subject/Focus Area: Space and Aeronautics

Project Scope
In preparation for and as an input to the upcoming decadal surveys in astronomy and astrophysics and planetary science, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine will appoint an ad hoc committee to perform a study with the following objectives:
Survey the status of the field of exoplanet science, including the use of current and planned facilities such as Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, the James Webb Space Telescope, the Wide Field InfraRed Survey Telescope, and any other telescope, spacecraft, or instrument, as appropriate;
Recommend an Exoplanet Science Strategy that outlines the key scientific questions for exoplanet science and research and related near-, medium-, and far-term measurement and technology goals. The Strategy will include the search for life in the universe as well as cross-discipline opportunities in Earth science, astrophysics, heliophysics, and planetary science.
Discuss which of the key goals of the committee’s Strategy could be addressed via current decadal survey recommended priority activities and also identify opportunities for coordination with international partners, commercial partners, and not-for-profit partners;

In the course of conducting this study, the committee will consider and regularly consult with the concurrent study “State of the Science of Astrobiology,” in the area of assessing habitability, searching for signs of life, and other relevant areas of scientific overlap . Also the committee will not revisit or redefine the scientific priorities or mission recommendations from previous decadal surveys.

This project is sponsored by NASA
A report is expected to be issued by August 31, 2018

Project Duration: 18 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 02/28/2018
 Meeting 2 - 03/06/2018
 Meeting 3 - 03/21/2018
 Meeting 4 - 03/28/2018
 Meeting 5 - 04/19/2018
 Meeting 6 - 06/05/2018


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