Planetary Decadal Roll Out and Accompanying Town Hall Events

The Solar System Decadal Survey report for 2013-2022 is scheduled for public release in a presentation by Dr. Steve Squyres on March 7 at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston. This presentation will be streamed live.

It is expected that a response by NASA’s Dr. James Green will also be streamed live immediately after Dr. Squyres’ presentation. In addition, Dr., Green’s presentation at NASA night at LPSC, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. CST, Wednesday, March 9, will also be streamed live over the internet.

The document will be available on the website of the National Research Council from that time onward.

The Decadal Survey report is the result of a two-year effort of five science panels working with the Steering Committee, and extensive community input through nearly 200 white papers addressing every component of Solar System studies and planetary exploration. The core of the report, which is advisory to NASA and the NSF, consists of a prioritized list of recommended flight missions and research directions, as well as recommendations for research facilities and data archiving.

In an effort to disseminate the report widely, with opportunities for the scientific community, students, and the public to ask questions to members of the Steering Committee, the AAS Division for Planetary Sciences is sponsoring a series of town hall events around the country and in Europe (Boston, Boulder, St. Louis, Tucson, Orlando, New York, Chicago, Palo Alto, Pasadena, Washington DC, EGU 2011 in Vienna, etc) in March and April 2011.

Links to the livestream of the rollout at LPSC, the Squyres charts, the NASA response (livestream and charts) by Jim Green, the Decadal document, and the schedule of town hall events and other supporting information can be found at:

http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/2013decadal