Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2001 11:40:36 -0400
Subject: DPS Mailing #01-36: Decadal Study news

Greetings, DPS Members -

       |1) PLANETARY DECADAL STUDY NEWS - UPDATE                |



All panels should focus on completing their white papers by the
beginning of November and I would like to encourage ALL of them (and
anyone else who is interested) to submit an abstract for the upcoming
DPS meeting (Category: decadal survey; Deadline: September 24). The DPS
Committee has relaxed the Speaker's rule for decadal abstracts:  you
may contribute a decadal abstract and also an abstract for your
research area. Decadal abstracts will be for a special poster session.

To facilitate ingestion of the white papers by the NRC Discipline 
Panels and Steering Group, we ask that each paper be preceded by a 
one to two page executive summary, a suggested outline for which will
be posted on the planetary community decadal website at "Community

Our community's support of the planetary decadal study (the Solar 
System Exploration Survey) being conducted by the NRC continues. New 
community decadal panels continue to form. You are invited to 

    Science Data Management
    Radioscience and the Deep Space Network (Lead: George Resch - JPL)
    Outer Planets (Lead: Gordon Bjoraker - NASA GFSC)
    Planetary Atmospheres (Lead: David Huestis - SRI)
    Lunar Exploration, Manned and Unmanned (Lead: Paul Spudis - LPI)
    Terrestrial Analogs to Mars (Lead: Tom Farr - JPL)
    Extraterrestrial Mineralogy (Lead: David Bish - LANL)
    Venus (Lead: David Crisp - JPL)

Go to
Click on Community Panels. Join!

Upcoming NRC panel meetings:

        Large Satellites Panel, SEP 16-18 *NOTE CORRECTED DATE
        LASP, University of Colorado, Boulder CO

        Steering Group, SEP 19-21
	Carnegie Institute, Washington DC

The notice for these meetings at the above URL will be hyperlinked to 
their agendas when they are available. Updates and site locations
for other NRC panel meetings have also been posted.

NOTICE: The NRC Committee on the Origins and Evolution of Life
has been asked to become the SSES panel on Astrobiology, chaired
by Jonathon Lunine ( See the UPDATE FROM
THE NRC below.

Mark V. Sykes, 
DPS Chair



Dear Colleague,
You may have received announcements from several groups involved with 
the current strategic planning process for Solar System Exploration. 
This note, however, is a appeal for input into formulation of plans
specifically for the Inner Planets (and understanding the uniqueness 
of Earth).

IMPORTANCE. The product of the NAS Decadal Survey for Solar System
Exploration  will be an assessment of the most important science 
questions for Solar System Exploration for the next decade (~2003-2013) 
and a recommended prioritization of missions to address those 
questions. The final report generated by this committee will be held up 
as the consensus of the planetary community, so your input is essential.  
Background information on the Survey can be found at the NAS website 

INNER PLANET SCOPE. Our panel is charged specifically with 
consideration of priorities for Venus, Mercury, and the Moon. Although 
our science scope includes all the terrestrial planets inside the orbit 
of Jupiter, specific priorities for Mars are being handled separately 
by COMPLEX (as a separate and established exploration program). The 
other panels are Giant Planets, Large outer Satellites, and Primitive 

INPUT. Our panel is soliciting input from individual members or groups 
of the community through several venues: a) "white papers", b) several 
scheduled public meetings and open forums, and c) response to specific 
IP Panel queries. Your input can be in support of a specific mission, 
obtaining specific data or attaining an important goal, or a general 
recommendation for a class or style of exploration. 

To focus your thoughts, we would like your response to the following 
two questions.  At a later date we will compile an integrated summary 
of the types of issues we are considering and will ask for a response 
before our final report.

1)  What are the three most important discoveries in inner planets 
science in the last 3 decades? 

2)  What are the top three priorities for future investigations of the
inner planets?

(You may list more than three if you wish, but keep it brief and include
reasons and references, if available.) 

Do not assume that others will provide ample input. We need YOUR input!  

Please send your thoughts on the above two questions (brief bullets are
fine) as well as attached white paper inputs to, or you may provide input through the
community web site listed below.  Comments made in person via the open
forums in Chicago (Oct. 3, 1:30pm @ Adler Planetarium) and New Orleans
(during DPS) are most welcomed and are encouraged if at all possible.
See the Planetary Community decadal web site for information on forming
"community panels" whereby you may become part of a larger group
backing a specific position.

Please respond to the above questions as soon as possible. We have a
real opportunity to make a case to expand exploration of the inner
planets and raise the priority of inner planets science. We need your
input NOW. We then plan to prepare and circulate a summary statement
for response by mid-November.

Best regards, 

Carle Pieters
Chair, Inner Planets Panel
Solar System Exploration Survey

Community website: <>
NAS website: <>



Since the SSE Survey's Steering Group and Panels began their activities
in July, there have been a number of developments of interest to the
community. These include:

1. Steering Group member James Papike (University of New Mexico) has 
been replaced by Dimitri Papanastassiou (JPL/Caltech).  
Dr. Papanastassiou takes over Dr. Papikes's role as the Steering Group's 
point of contact for the sample-science community.

2. Inner Planets Panel member Larry Esposito (University of Colorado) 
has been replaced by Mark Bullock (Southwest Research Institute)

3. The NRC's Committee on the Origins and Evolution of Life (COEL), 
whose co-chairs are Jonathan Lunine (University of Arizona) and John 
Baross (University of Washington), has been formally asked to become 
the SSE Survey's Astrobiology Panel. COEL will work with Steering Group 
member Mitchell Sogin (Marine Biological Laboratory) to ensure that 
astrobiology is an integral part of the SSE Survey's final report. The 
next meeting of COEL will take place at NASA's Ames Research Center on 
31 October-2 November.  See COEL's website for membership and other 
details (

4. The Primitive Bodies Panel meeting previously scheduled to take 
place at the University of Maryland on 24-26 October will now be held 
at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. The dates are 

5. The National Research Council's Christine Mirzayan Internship Program
offers a unique opportunity for a graduate students or postdoctoral
fellow to play an important role in the activities of the Solar System
Exploration Survey. Work with Survey members and staff and see how the
decadal-survey report is assembled by working as an intern in the
Washington offices of the NRC's Space Studies Board during the final
phases of the report's drafting in the first quarter of 2002. See the
Christine Mirzayan Internship Program website
( for more details, including
an on-line application form (to come). Contact the SSE Survey's
Director, David H. Smith (, for additional details.


                       Melissa McGrath, on behalf of the DPS Committee 
                       (submissions to Al Harris: