Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001 18:12:16 -0500
Subject: DPS Mailing #01-46: Decadal survey news; Breakfast at DPS

Greetings colleagues - yet another mailing!

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       |1) PLANETARY DECADAL STUDY NEWS - FINISHING WHITE PAPERS|
       |2) GRADUATE STUDENTS & POST-DOCS: BREAKFAST AT DPS      |
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PLANETARY DECADAL STUDY NEWS - FINISHING WHITE PAPERS

During the upcoming Steering Group meeting, November 14-16 in Pasedena,
preliminary proposals and recommendations will be made by the NRC
survey panels. A report will also be made on the preliminary reports
and recommendations of the community decadal panels. The Steering 
Group, who will be writing the final decadal study report, will then
begin their discussion of their position on issues and potential final
recommendations.

More than 265 members of the planetary community have organized 23
decadal panels covering all areas of solar system exploration in 
support of this study. Since the recommendations of the final report 
will be held up as the consensus of the community, this participation
and input has been and is essential. The underlying principal is that
every planetary scientist, new and established, has something of 
value to contribute to this effort.

I have asked the community panel leads to provide preliminary white
paper drafts and executive summaries by the middle of next week. Please
communicate your input to these panel leads, who are listed on the 
community website (http://www.aas.org/~dps/decadal/ click on Community
Panels). Prelimary and final versions of these white papers will be 
transmitted to the corresponding NRC panel for integration.

Available drafts of preliminary report outlines from the NRC survey
panels have also been posted on the above website with feedback links. 

The white papers, completed and posted, together with the available
preliminary reports of the NRC survey panels will form the basis for
the next level of community discussion: having laid out priorities for 
the next decade within different areas of solar system exploration, how 
do we prioritize across those areas?  We should at least be able to 
generate arguments and justifications that the Steering Group can use 
in defining those priorities in its final product.

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In other decadal news:

Meeting notes from the Community Mars panel have been posted

A new panel has formed:
	Solar System Astrometry - Lead: Dan Pascu (USNO)

Mark V. Sykes, 
DPS Chair 
dpschair@aas.org

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GRADUATE STUDENTS & POST-DOCS: BREAKFAST AT DPS

Graduate students and post-docs are invited to have breakfast each 
morning with outgoing DPS Chair, Mark Sykes, incoming DPS Chair, Wes 
Huntress, and incoming DPS Vice-Chair, Rick Binzel at 7:30 AM at the 
Hyatt Courtyard. You will be our guests. We would like to meet you and
learn about your activities, future plans, and thoughts about the future 
of solar system exploration.

Please sign up at

http://www.aas.org/~dps/breakfast.html

Signups will be limited to 15 people for each morning to give us an 
opportunity to actually talk with you!

Mark V. Sykes, 
DPS Chair 
dpschair@aas.org

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