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  • Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG)
    SBAG Charter The SBAG is NASA s community based forum designed to provide science input for planning and prioritizing the exploration of small bodies throughout the Solar System for the next several decades It also provides input on how small bodies can be utilized in support of human space activities The SBAG chair reports SBAG findings at meetings of the Planetary Science Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council s Science Committee The SBAG is open to all interested members of the small bodies community The SBAG regularly evaluates the goals objectives investigations and required measurements for the exploration of small bodies on the basis of the widest possible community outreach If you are interested in becoming an SBAG member please fill out the Indication of Interest Form See 2011 SBAG Terms of Reference Upcoming Meetings 15th Meeting of the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group June 28 June 30 2016 Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab Laurel MD 16th Meeting of the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group January 11 13 2017 Tucson AZ Recent Meetings 14th Meeting of the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group January 27 29 2016 Monrovia CA Agenda and Presentations DRAFT Findings docx pdf Draft findings are posted

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  • Venus Exploration Analysis Group
    EARLY CAREER VENUS SCHOLARS VENUS RESOURCES VEXAG Venus Newletter Archive Venus Missions Venus Resources Mission Planning Documents Venus White Papers for 2010 Decadal Survey Venus Gravity Assist Science Opportunity VeGASO 2015 Final Report Science Potential Matrices Venus Bibliographies January 2016 December 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 SMD PSD NUGGETS Welcome The Venus Exploration Analysis Group VEXAG was established by NASA in July 2005 to identify scientific priorities and strategy for exploration of Venus VEXAG is currently composed of a chair and five focus groups The focus groups will actively solicit input from the scientific community VEXAG will report its findings and provides input to NASA but will not make recommendations VEXAG Venus Exploration Documents Goals Objectives and Investigations for Venus Exploration 2014 Roadmap for Venus Exploration 2014 Venus Technology Plan 2014 Venus Exploration Themes 2014 13th Meeting of the Venus Exploration Analysis Group October 27 29 2015 NASA Headquarters Washington Deliberations Meeting Summary Presentations International Venus Science Conference 2016 April 4 8 2016 Oxford England Abstract Deadline January 22 2016 International Planetary Probe Workshop IPPW 13 June 13 17 2016 Laurel MD And IPPW Short course Destination Venus Science Technology and Mission

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  • Curation and Analysis Planning Team for Extraterrestrial Materials
    323 new Apollo samples were approved There was some discussion of making lunar reference powders and changing the 50 by mass sample reserve policy for Apollo samples These items will be revisited at the Spring CAPTEM meeting Renovations on the new Micro CT lab will begin in early January and should be completed by late Spring Solicitation of official bids for the Micro CT will occur soon and the instrument is expected to be delivered by early summer A total of 20 new thin section cases have been constructed to supplement the eight existing thin section cases As the existing thin sections are moved into the new cases each sample will be macroscopically photographed to ensure a consistent photographic record of all existing lunar thin sections These images will be included with information about their respective samples in the Apollo sample database In news from the Meteorite Working Group at the Fall MWG meeting there were 38 new requests A total of 593 samples were allocated to 75 investigators There is one request that is still pending as the PI requested that allocation be delayed A total of 169 new meteorites from the 2010 2013 ANSMET field seasons were published in the Spring and Fall 2015 newsletters Also 636 samples were transferred to the Smithsonian Institution Staging of the 2014 2015 ANSMET samples from the Dominion Range will begin this fall The annual meteorite inventory is in progress A new freezer was purchased for the meteorite processing laboratory It was installed in August is working well A new cabinet was purchased to address expansion needs Custom modifications have been completed and the cabinet will be installed soon The meteorite database is nearing completion and is undergoing final testing Mitch Haller left the meteorite processing lab in August to start graduate school at the University of Maryland Rachel Funk started as a new meteorite processor in August She earned her Master s degree at the University of Houston studying LAR shergottites Julie Hoskin is the new Collections Manager at the Smithsonian Institution replacing Linda Welzenbach The Informatics subcommittee is evaluating different methods for making data publicly available including the Planetary Data System In addition they are evaluating requirements on proprietary data These issues will be revisited at the Spring CAPTEM meeting From the Facilities subcommittee there were no new facilities issues to report However Dimitri Papanastassiou is leaving the facilities subcommittee A replacement has yet to be identified but one is expected to be selected before the Spring CAPTEM meeting CAPTEM discussed a protocol for the review of space exposed hardware requests The protocol was approved by unanimous vote pending minor grammatical edits Once these edits have been made the approved language will be added to the CAPTEM charter The Spring 2016 CAPTEM meeting will be held at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston Texas on Saturday March 20 2016 immediately prior the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference The Lunar Subcommittee will meet on Friday before at the LPI and

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  • Meteorite Working Group
    and geologic specimens respectively provide for the classification storage and distribution of Antarctic meteorites The primary purpose of the Meteorite Working Group MWG is to encourage and expedite the scientific utilization of Antarctic meteorite samples To this end the MWG attempts to honor all sample requests for legitimate scientific investigations with appropriate samples The MWG does not rate the relative scientific merits of legitimate scientific investigations except as such evaluations

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  • Ice Giants Mission Planning
    Survey with the number three flagship mission recommendation being a mission to explore Uranus The intent of this site is to mature community ideas with an eye toward big picture questions including exoplanet science and the need for supporting observations laboratory work and modeling The expected outcomes of this activity include raising awareness on the importance of ice giant planet system science and prioritizing the discipline specific science goals We

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  • Astrophysics Investments for Planetary Science
    that the best insights comes from interdisciplinary interactions between many scientific fields With the goal of engaging the planetary community in taking part in further potential observations from astrophysics missions and continued astrophysics collaborations we held workshops at the Division of Planetary Science DPS meeting through a collaboration of the Astrophysics and Planetary Science Divisions As a result and with the goal of providing continuous information to the community we are creating a website that would keep updates about the missions proposals schedules as well as links to white papers and presentations that would help our community This website is not meant to replace the missions websites but provide as much as possible a portal for our community interested in using those investments It is quite apparent that we have been experiencing a renaissance of planetary science using astrophysics missions We deeply appreciate how these two communities of scientists have started to work together in understanding the origin and evolution of our Solar System and all the diversity of objects within When we look at the sky at night we now know that the stars we see have solar systems similar to our own This is the new paradigm that

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  • Lunar Mission Timeline
    31 1966 Lander Instruments Luna 10 Mar 31 1966 Orbiter Instruments Surveyor 1 May 30 1966 Lander Instruments Lunar Orbiter 1 Aug 10 1966 Orbiter Instruments Luna 11 Aug 24 1966 Orbiter Instruments Surveyor 2 Sep 20 1966 Attempted Lander Instruments Luna 12 Oct 22 1966 Orbiter Instruments Lunar Orbiter 2 Nov 6 1966 Orbiter Instruments Luna 13 Dec 21 1966 Lander Instruments 1967 Lunar Orbiter 3 Feb 4 1967 Orbiter Instruments Surveyor 3 Apr 17 1967 Lander Instruments Lunar Orbiter 4 May 8 1967 Orbiter Instruments Surveyor 4 Jul 14 1967 Attempted Lander Instruments Lunar Orbiter 5 Aug 1 1967 Orbiter Instruments Surveyor 5 Sep 8 1967 Lander Instruments Surveyor 6 Nov 7 1967 Lander Instruments 1968 Surveyor 7 Jan 7 1968 Lander Instruments Luna 14 Apr 7 1968 Orbiter Instruments Zond 5 Sep 15 1968 Return Probe Instruments Apollo 7 Oct 11 1968 Zond 6 Nov 10 1968 Return Probe Instruments Apollo 8 Dec 21 1968 Crewed Orbiter Instruments 1969 Apollo 9 March 3 1969 Apollo 10 May 18 1969 Orbiter Instruments Luna 15 Jul 13 1969 Orbiter Instruments Apollo 11 Jul 16 1969 Crewed Lander Instruments Zond 7 Aug 7 1969 Return Probe Instruments Apollo 12 Nov 14 1969 Crewed Lander Instruments 1970 Apollo 13 Apr 11 1970 Crewed Lander aborted Instruments Luna 16 Sep 12 1970 Sample Return Instruments Zond 8 Oct 20 1970 Return Probe Instruments Luna 17 Lunokhod 1 Nov 10 1970 Rover Instruments 1971 Apollo 14 Jan 31 1971 Crewed Lander Instruments Apollo 15 Jul 26 1971 Crewed Lander Instruments Luna 18 Sep 2 1971 Impact Instruments Luna 19 Sep 28 1971 Orbiter Instruments 1972 Luna 20 Feb 14 1972 Sample Return Instruments Apollo 16 Apr 16 1972 Crewed Landing Instruments Apollo 17 Dec 7 1972 Crewed Landing Instruments 1973 Luna 21 Lunokhod

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  • Apollo-Era Documents
    1971 321 pages Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package Status Reports 1972 January 7 1972 December 31 1972 397 pages Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package Status Reports 1973 January 2 1973 April 5 1973 153 pages ALSEP Performance Summary Reports 1973 April 13 1973 December 21 1973 287 pages ALSEP Performance Summary Reports 1974 January 4 1974 December 20 1974 362 pages ALSEP Performance Summary Reports 1975 January 3 1975 December 19 1975 381 pages ALSEP Performance Summary Reports 1976 January 9 1976 December 22 1976 459 pages ALSEP Performance Summary Reports 1977 January 5 1977 September 30 1977 199 pages See our ALSEP Documents page for additional material Geological Tools Catalog of Apollo Lunar Surface Geologic Sampling Tools and Containers 1989 NASA JSC document number JSC 23454 J H Allton 97 pages Preliminary Science Reports Summer Conference on Lunar Exploration and Science 1965 NASA SP 88 Summer Study of Lunar Science and Exploration 1967 NASA SP 157 Surveyor V A Preliminary Report 1967 NASA SP 163 169 pages Apollo 11 Preliminary Science Report 1969 NASA SP 214 Apollo 12 Preliminary Science Report 1970 NASA SP 235 Apollo 14 Preliminary Science Report 1971 NASA SP 272 Post Apollo Lunar Science Report of a Study by the Lunar Science Institute 1972 Recommendations for post Apollo lunar science activities by many of the participants that planned and executed the Apollo lunar surface science investigations Apollo 15 Preliminary Science Report 1972 NASA SP 289 Apollo 16 Preliminary Science Report 1972 NASA SP 315 Apollo 17 Preliminary Science Report 1973 NASA SP 330 Data Analysis to Separate Particles of Different Speed Regimes and Charges 1977 NASA CR 159916 11 pages Preliminary assessment of the LEAM dust experiment Landing Site Studies and Lunar Surface Operations A Study of Lunar Landing Sites and Associated Stay Times 1965 NASA TN D 2795 L W Enderson Jr 37 pages Lunar Landing and Site Selection Study 1965 NASA TN D 2999 J L Lewis and C D Wheelwright 23 pages Study of Deployment Procedures for Lunar Exploration Systems for Apollo LESA 1965 LMSC 665606 31 pages Apollo Site Selection Board Briefing December 15 1967 Manned Spacecraft Center Houston TX Lunar Surface Data Book 5 00N 20E 1969 Mapping Sciences Laboratory Manned Spacecraft Center Houston TX First Edition January 1969 Lunar Surface Exploration Map Data Package Apollo Landing Site 2 1969 U S Army Topographic Command Edition 1 June 1969 Lunar Terrain and Traverse Data for Lunar Roving Vehicle Design Study 1969 Preliminary USGS Report for NASA H J Moore et al 209 pages Section A Traverse Profile for a Hypothetical Lunar Roving Vehicle Mission Section B Lunar Surface Geometry Section C Crater Frequencies and Morphologies Section D Distribution of blocks on the lunar surface Section E Increased Travel Distance Due to Craters Other Obstacles on the Moon Criteria for Lunar Site Selection 1970 NASA Contract No 1861 Report No P 30 A B Binder D L Roberts 50 pages On the Moon with Apollo 15 A Guidebook to Hadley Rille

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