Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2004 15:57:34 -0600
Subject: DPS Mailing #04-28:  Threats to Solar System Exploration, 
 
 
Greetings, DPS Colleagues,
 
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       1) THREATS TO SOLAR SYSTEM EXPLORATION?
       2) ORAL PRESENTATIONS AT LOUISVILLE DPS MEETING
       3) SUNDAY WORKSHOPS AT LOUISVILLE DPS MEETING
       4) IP ADDRESSES FOR LOUISVILLE MEETING
       5) JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
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THREATS TO SOLAR SYSTEM EXPLORATION?
From William D. Cochran, DPS Chair
 
Mr. Al Diaz, the Associate Administrator for the NASA Science 
Mission Directorate (formerly the Office of Space Science) will 
be speaking to the DPS in Louisville at the "Science Policy Night" 
(aka "NASA Night") on Tuesday evening November 9 at 8pm.  
He will be taking your questions.
 
Several serious issues warrant your attention:
 
(1) There is no longer a "firewall" between NASA expenditures 
for human space flight and space science. This was affirmed by 
Marc Allen at the October 20 meeting of COMPLEX. The firewall 
was originally established to protect space science from cost 
overruns incurred by the ISS and shuttle operations. Now we 
are facing "agency-wide integration in support of the Vision 
of Exploration." Robotic exploration, a crewed exploration 
vehicle, ISS activities, advanced aeronautical technologies 
will all be lumped together and assessed as to their relative 
support of the Vision in making budget decisions.
 
(2) There is confusion with regards to whether there will be 
any "science-driven" activity within SMD. While the NASA Level 0 
Exploration Requirements state in part "(1.6) NASA shall conduct 
robotic exploration across the solar system for scientific 
purposes and to support human exploration," it is not clear what 
scientific purposes are considered acceptable under the new Vision.
 
(3) Funds for a $2B+ Hubble servicing mission will need to be 
reallocated from existing programs as costs grow. It is not clear 
what programs, including solar system, are being targeted for 
reallocation of funds to accomplish this.  The planetary 
community may have interests in this case that are distinct from 
the astrophysics community.
 
There are other questions regarding support for PI-led missions 
within SMD that we hope will be addressed during NASA Night. Your 
participation is important, because action by the community may be 
necessary to preserve space science in general and solar system 
exploration in particular. Our window for action is open now and 
will close with the passage of the NASA budget. Action now will 
also be important for the FY06 NASA budget, being prepared for 
submission to Congress in February.
 
I wish to thank Ann Sprague for valuable assistance in preparing 
this message to the DPS membership.
 
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ORAL PRESENTATIONS AT THE LOUISVILLE DPS MEETING
 
Just a reminder that there are three types of media supported for 
video projection at the Louisville DPS Meeting:  (1) USB "Thumb-Drives", 
(2) CD's, and (3) laptops.  MS Office is the supported presentation 
software. Speakers using presentation software other than MS Office 
should plan on using their laptop. Speakers are requested to arrive at 
their session 30 minutes early to (1) give their thumb-drive or CD to 
the technician, or interface their laptop, and (2) check the projection 
quality of their presentation.  Submitted by Dan Britt 
(britt@physics.ucf.edu).
 
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SUNDAY WORKSHOPS AT LOUISVILLE DPS MEETING
 
There are still meeting rooms available for DPS members wanting to 
hold Sunday workshops or meetings prior to the Louisville DPS. 
Requests for rooms should be sent to either Tim Dowling 
(dowling@louisville.edu) or Dan Britt (britt@physics.ucf.edu).
 
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IP ADDRESSES FOR LOUISVILLE MEETING
 
Please let your home-institution internet-firewall system 
administrator know that the Louisville DPS meeting will be using 
IP addresses in the range 12.201.227.128 through 12.201.227.191 
and 12.201.227.253 through 12.201.227.255. Submitted by 
Tim Dowling (dowling@louisville.edu).
 
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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
 
Australian National University (ANU) Planetary Sciences Institute 
(PSI) Fellowships in Cosmochemistry and/or Planetary Science - fixed 
or continuing position, depending on level of qualifications and 
experience.   The PSI is a newly-funded undertaking between the 
Research Schools of Astronomy and Astrophysics and Earth Sciences 
at the Australian National University.   We are seeking to fill two 
further joint appointments at the Research Fellow or Fellow level. 
For further information and selection documentation contact: 
academic.services.rsaa@anu.edu.au, or see AAS Job Register 
listing 21328.
 
 
Linda French Emmons, DPS Secretary
send submissions to lfrench@iwu.edu