Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 09:24:31 -0600 (MDT)
Subject: DPS Mailing #01-23: Decadal Study Announcements

Greetings, DPS Members-
       |1) Planetary Decadal Study News - New Forums and Panels  |
       |2) NRC Announcement - SSE Survey Vice-Chair Appointed    |
       |3) NRC Announcement - SSE Survey Prelim Meeting Schedule |
       |4) NRC Announcement - Outreach at Jupiter Conference     |



Two new forums have been added to the Online Discussions on the 
planetary community decadal study website 

Planetary Atmospheres
Education and Public Outreach

In addition there are now two ad hoc community panels being organized:

Mars (organizer: Jeff Moore, NASA Ames)
The Future of Io Exploration (organizer: John Spencer, Lowell Obs.)

These panels are still open to interested members of the community.
New community panels and discussion forums will be announced on a
regular basis.

The meeting schedule for the NRC decadal panels (see below) has also 
been posted.

Mark V. Sykes,
DPS Chair,



On 6 June, the NRC's Executive Office approved the appointment of 
Carolyn Porco (Southwest Research Institute) as vice-chair of the 
Steering Group for the SSE Survey.

The vice-chair will closely with the chair, Michael Belton, on all 
aspects of the Survey and will undertake special tasks at the request 
of the chair as they occur. This is an essential element given the 
rapidity with which the Survey must be completed and the prior 
commitments that essentially all members of the Survey, including 
the chair, must balance with Survey business.

In addition, the vice-chair will:

   1. Assist the chair in monitoring and consolidating the activities 
of the Survey's panels;
   2. Leading the cross-panel groups within the Survey to ensure 
adequate input on issues not directly handled by any one panel;
   3. Assist the chair in managing and leading the priority-setting 
phase of the Steering Group's deliberations; and
   4. Ensure that adequate background information and community input
exists for any viable initiatives that are considered.

More details about the SSE Survey, its membership, and activities 
can be found on the Survey's public-access homepage--  This web site is set up to accept
community input.

David H. Smith, Study Director, SSe Survey, 7 June, 2001
(Received 20 June, 2001)



The Steering Group and Panels comprising the SSE Survey have made
considerable progress in scheduling their meetings.  To date, the 
following meetings have been tentatively arranged:

Steering Group

1.   18-20 July, NRC, Washington, D.C.
2.   19-21 September, location TBD
3.   14-16 November, location TBD
4.   27 February-1 March, location TBD

Inner Planets Panel

1.   12-14 July, NRC, Washington, D.C.
2.   1-3 October, Chicago, Illinois.
3.   17-19 December, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Giant Planets Panel

1.   15-17 August, Caltech, Pasadena, California
2.   15-17 October, Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona
3.   17-19 December, Beckman Center, Irvine, California

Large Satellites Panel

1.   17-19 September, location TBD
2.   5-7 November, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
3.   17-19 December, Beckman Center, Irvine, California

Primitive Bodies Panel

1.   8-10 August, Jonsson Center, Woods Hole, Massachusetts
2.   24-26 October, location TBD
3.   12-14 December, Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California

Please note that this is a preliminary schedule and, though every 
effort will be taken to avoid changes, some may be unavoidable. The 
latest news about meeting dates and locations, together with other 
information such as agendas, will be posted on the SSE Survey's web 

Details about community outreach events at major conferences and 
symposia will be announced in a subsequent message.

David H. Smith, Study Director, SSe Survey, 9 June, 2001
(Received 20 June, 2001)



The Solar System Exploration Survey, the NRC study to devise a decadal
strategy for the planetary sciences, will hold a variety of 
community-outreach activities at the Jupiter Conference to be held in 
Boulder, Colorado, on 25-30 June, 2001.

In cooperation with the conference organizers, the SSE Survey will 
hold a Town Meeting in the Grand Ballroom of the Millennium Hotel from 
6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday 26 June.  Michael Belton, chair of the 
SSE Survey, together with members of the Steering Group and a NASA 
representative, will be on hand to describe the project and answer 

On Wednesday 27 June, the SSE Survey's Giant Planets and Large 
Satellites panels will hold informal "drop-in" sessions during which 
conference participants can discuss specific science and mission 
priorities relating to the jovian planets and their major satellites, 
respectively.  Reta Beebe, chair of the Giant Planets panel, and 
colleagues will be available in the Millennium's Flatiron conference 
room from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.  Whereas, Alfred McEwen, chair of the Large 
Satellites panel, and colleagues will be available in the same room
from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.  All members of the community are invited to 

More details about the Jupiter conference may be found at

Details of the SSE Survey, its membership, and meeting schedule are
available at

David H. Smith, Study Director, SSE Survey


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