Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 10:22:44 -0700 (MST)
Subject: DPS Mailing #01-02:  Innovative Approaches Forum, SSES report, HST Workshop

Greetings, DPS Members-
       |1) Innovative Approaches to Outer Planetary Exploration |
       |3) HST's ACS High-Latitude Survey Workshop              |


Forum on Innovative Approaches to Outer Planetary Exploration 2001-2020

On December 20 the NASA Office of Space Science created an Outer Planets 
Program Directorate to provide the kind of focused policy direction and 
program management which will maximize scientific results from the budget 
available for outer planetary exploration.

As a step in reaching out to the community of scientists, engineers, 
and technologists interested in outer planetary exploration, Code S 
is sponsoring a Forum on Innovative Approaches to Outer Planetary 
Exploration 2001-2020. The Forum is scheduled for February 21-23, 2001 and 
will be hosted by The Lunar and Planetary Institute at the Center for 
Advanced Space Studies in Houston.

Meeting space will be limited. Abstracts are due January 31. For further 
information, go to



In an effort to communicate its actions to the planetary community, 
some NASA advisory committees and subcommittees are planning to
distribute reports that inform the programmatic decisions of the
agency in areas affecting our profession. The DPS is pleased to 
facilitate this. 

Mark Sykes, DPS Chair

From Dr. Mike Drake, Chair SSES: 
The Solar System Exploration Subcommittee (SSES) Report (11/27/00) is available 

	Mars Exploration
	Antarctic Meteorites
	Outer Planets (Pluto-Kuiper Express, Europa Orbiter)
	Attached Payloads
	Deep Space Network (DSN)
	Planetary Data System (PDS)


                         MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT
		The ACS High-Latitude Survey Workshop
  		  Space Telescope Science Institute
			 Baltimore, Maryland
			  March 22-23, 2001

The Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) will be installed on HST later this
year. In anticipation of that, STScI is in the early stages of defining the
goals and observing strategy for a major high-Galactic-latitude survey.
As was the case for the Hubble Deep Field, such a survey would serve a wide
variety of needs for both Galactic and extragalactic research. The scope
being considered is roughly 300 orbits of director's discretionary time, to
be invested during the first two cycles of the ACS life. Following the HDF
precedent, the data would be non-proprietary, and calibrated data and
source catalogs would be released shortly after the observations.

Early community involvement in this survey is important. First, It will
help ensure that the HST observations are aimed at important science goals,
and can meet the diverse needs of a variety of projects. Second, it will
help to coordinate the efforts of HST and other facilities so that
observations at different wavelengths and with different observing
techniques can be targeted at the same areas. Third, it will guide
important strategy decisions for the ACS observations. Finally, knowing the
plans for the STScI survey will help other teams plan their own proposals
for ACS and formulate plans for supporting observations and archival research.

To solicit community advice and involvement, STScI will hold a workshop
on "ACS High-Latitude Surveys" at STScI March 22-23.  This forum will
allow interested astronomers to present their views on the most important
science goals, on supporting observations (existing or suggested) and on
strategy issues such as where to point.

Further information can be found on the workshop web site at


                      Nick Schneider, on behalf of the DPS Committee
                      (submissions to Al Harris: