Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2000 11:06:50 -0700 (MST)
Subject: DPS Mailing #00-26: Prizes, Cancellations, Dues, EGS, Randy Tufts

Greetings, DPS Members-
 
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       |1) DPS PRIZE WINNERS FOR 2001                           |
       |2) DPS Press Release on Mission Cancellations           |
       |3) Your dues are due                                    |
       |4) EUROPEAN GEOPHYS. SOC., Nice, FRANCE, 25-30 Mar '01  |
       |5) Help Randy Tufts battle bone marrow disease          |
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DPS PRIZE WINNERS FOR 2001

We are pleased to announce the following winners of the DPS prizes for the
year 2000, to be presented at the New Orleans meeting in November, 2001.

Urey Prize:  Michael Brown
Kuiper Prize:  Bruce Hapke
Masursky Award:  [No award]
Sagan Medal:  Andre' Brahic

Press releases with more details will be available closer to the time the
awards are to be presented.

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Continuing Cancellations In The Nation's Planetary Exploration Program A 
Cause for Concern

NASA has cancelled its fourth planetary mission in the past two years.
The latest is the "nanorover" that was to have been delivered to the
surface of an asteroid by Japan's Muses-C asteroid sample return mission.
The cancellation was caused by a large growth in the development cost
at Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Originally priced at $21M,
the current cost is estimated at $60M and rising.

The MUSES-C nanorover follows the DS-4/Champollion comet mission, the
Mars 2001 Lander, and the Pluto Kuiper Express mission in being cancelled. 
Large cost overruns were also the primary reasons for terminating the DS-4 
and PKE missions, and cost overruns now threaten the Europa Orbiter mission.  
This series of cancellations is unprecedented in the history of NASA's Space 
Science program. In addition, these cancellations 
follow on the heels of the three Mars mission failures in 1998-9. The large 
number of mission cancellations and losses gives rise to serious concern 
for the future of the US planetary exploration program.

Since the recent losses at Mars, NASA has been endeavoring to restructure 
many of its programs to reflect more realistic costing.  An overemphasis on 
"cheaper" of faster-cheaper-better, combined with a pattern of underbidding, 
has been a root cause of losses and overruns. We commend the agency for 
attacking these problems head-on. 

However, NASA must guard against a return to performance-at-any-price
and extreme fear of risk, as these will result in excessively reduced program 
content. The large increases in development costs that have resulted from the 
recent failures suggest that the middle ground has not yet been found in 
seeking the proper trade between cost and performance. 

The executive Committee of the Amercian Astronomical Society's Division for 
Planetary Sciences (DPS) feels that increased competition and external peer 
review for all missions should be considered as a proven mechanism for
seeking 
the most performance and return at reasonable cost.

For further information, contact:

Dr. Mark V. Sykes 
DPS Chair
sykes@as.arizona.edu

Dr. Wesley T. Huntress 
DPS Vice-Chair
huntress@gl.ciw.edu

The DPS is the world's largest organization of professional scientists 
devoted to exploring the planets and other bodies of the solar system.

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YOUR DUES ARE DUE

By now, all members should have received an invoice for
renewing their membership for the year 2001.  In order to
ensure uninterrupted service of AAS publications please
renew by 1 December 2000. If you have not received your
invoice or if there is an error in your invoice, please 
contact Sharon Savoy, savoy@aas.org.

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EUROPEAN GEOPHYSICAL SOCIETY
26th General Assembly, Nice, FRANCE, 25-30 March 2001

Deadline for abstracts: 01 December 2000

For further details see:
www.copernicus.org/EGS/EGS.html
"EGS2001: XXVI General Assembly"

Arne Richter
EGS Executive Secretary

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Randy Tufts, a pioneer in the exploration of Europa with Galileo, has a 
very serious disease of the bone marrow.  His condition has deteriorated 
over the past few months, and he began a bone marrow transplant procedure 
during the DPS meeting.

Costs associated with fighting the disease beyond his transplant exceed
Randy's financial resources. He had a long career in non-profit
community organizing prior to returning to grad school, and has devoted
much of his energies (unpaid) over the years to preserving Kartchner
Caverns in southern Arizona, which he co-discovered.  

Tax-deductible donations to the "Randy Tufts Bone Marrow Transplant
Fund" may be made to the Southside Presbyterian Church, 317 W. 23rd St.,
Tucson AZ 85713. Checks should be made out to the church with the fund
name on the memo line.

Randy also encourages all DPS members to consider registering as bone 
marrow donors: http://www.marrow.org/HELP/join_the_registry.html

Cards and letters may be sent to him at 951 W. Orange Grove Rd #87-202,
Tucson 85704. For more information, please contact Richard Greenberg
(greenberg@lpl.arizona.edu).

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                      Nick Schneider, on behalf of the DPS Committee
                      (submissions to Al Harris: awharris@lithos.jpl.nasa.gov)