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The Moon's regolith contains vast resources of helium-3 an ideal fuel for terrestrial fusion power systems. Development of plans for private sector investment in obtaining helium-3 and its by-products requires detailed definition of that isotope's selenographic distribution.
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by Steven A. Hauck, II, Douglas A. Eng and George J. Tahu
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The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of a landed mission to Mercury. It was conducted by the JHU/APL Space Department in partnership with Marshall Space Flight Center, Glen Research Center, and Steven Hauck from Case Western Reserve University. This was conducted as a concept maturity level (CML) 3 study focusing on feasibility trades and options for concepts with a goal of determining whether such a mission could be accomplished within a Principal Investigator (PI)-led...
Topics: Mercury, Concept Study, NASA, Lander, Mission, Decadal
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Near Earth objects (NEOs) are attractive targets for spacecraft missions with the purpose of obtaining greater insight to the nature of the original bodies from which the terrestrial planets formed, without having to visit the Main Belt itself. Greater knowledge of NEOs directly sheds light on the origin and evolution of the asteroid belt, the formation of planets, and the history of the solar system. This report describes a search for NEOs that would be accessible for missions launching in...
Topics: Asteroids, NASA, Decadal, Trajectory Opportunities, Survey, Near Earth Asteroids, NEOs
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The Mars Sample Return (MSR) concept is a campaign of three missions: a sample acquisition/caching rover mission, a lander mission to fetch the cache and deliver it to Mars orbit via a rocket, and an orbiter mission that would capture the orbiting sample (OS) container and deliver it to Earth via an Earth Entry Vehicle (EEV). A fourth component is the Mars Returned Sample Handling (MRSH) element that would include a sample receiving facility (SRF) and a curation facility. These elements are...
Topics: Mars, NASA, Sample Return, Mission Concept Study, Decadal, Lander
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The National Academy of Science's Decadal Survey (New Frontiers in the Solar System: An Integrated Exploration Strategy, 2003) recommended that NASA develop a medium-class mission to return a comet surface sample to Earth for laboratory analysis. NASA tasked the Applied Physics Laboratory to refine the concepts described in the Decadal Survey. As stated in the task guidelines: The study results will include a pre-phase A fidelity plan to implement the mission concept, evaluating the cost,...
Topics: Comets, NASA, Mission Concept Study, Decadal
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Study of primitive asteroids is fundamental to understanding the origin, distribution, and evolution of volatile and organic compounds in the early Solar System. This paper outlines six major research focus areas and recommends three mission concepts, which are listed in priority order.
Planetary Science Decadal Survey
by Dr. Martha S. Gilmore, Dr. Lori S. Glaze. Charles L. Baker, and George J. Tahu
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The National Research Council's 2010 Planetary Decadal Survey Inner Planets Panel commissioned the Goddard Space Flight Center's (GSFC) Architecture Design Lab (ADL) to do an enhanced rapid mission architecture study, conducted under NASA Headquarters leadership. The charge was to conceive a Venus mission architecture capable of safe landing in one of the mountainous tessera regions of the planet on a budget comparable to New Frontiers. Using the ADL's five step process (see Appendix), the...
Topics: Venus, Venus Intrepid Tessera Lander, VITaL, NASA, Mission, Concept Study, Decadal
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The purpose of this White Paper is to highlight areas of knowledge of our Solar System that will be important in interpreting future observations of exoplanets especially giant exoplanets and also how the diversity of exoplanets can inform our understanding of the Solar System.
This paper discusses the opportunity to search for and exploit lava tubes on the surfaces of the Moon and Mars as a means of enabling ambitious planetary science missions. [FINAL VERSION]
This paper outlines the scientific benefits that will follow from renewed human exploration of the Moon
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We discuss our priorities for exploring the Moon's bombardment history: (1) Test the idea of a massive impactor spike 3.8-4.0 billion years ago. (2) Anchor the early Earth-Moon impact flux curve by determining the age of South Pole-Aitken Basin. (3) Establish a precise absolute chronology.
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NASA's Deep Space Network (DSN) is a critical part of every NASA solar system mission serving as the entity that ties the spacecraft back to Earth and providing data from science instruments information for navigating across the solar system and valuable radio link science and radar observations.
Planetary Science Decadal Survey
by Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton
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The science objectives of the Mars Geophysical Network (MGN) mission study were divided into two categories: primary (the science floor that would need to be addressed to justify the mission) and secondary (additional goals that prospective principal investigators would reasonably add, given sufficient resources). By request from the Planetary Science Decadal Survey Mars Panel, this study addressed only the primary objective -- to characterize the internal structure of Mars to better understand...
Topics: Mars, NASA, Mission Concept Study, Decadal
One of the most significant discoveries made by the Cassini Mission was finding water ice particles containing organic compounds in the plume emanating from the south pole of Enceladus. Several theories for the origin of life on Earth would also apply to Enceladus. Therefore, it should be of utmos
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The science objectives of the Saturn Atmospheric Probe Mission Study are divided into two groups:"Tier 1," the science floor objectives that would need to be addressed to make the mission worthwhile, and "Tier 2," the next highest priority level, with objectives that prospective Principal Investigators could reasonably add, given sufficient resources. By request from the science team, this study addressed only the Tier 1 objectives: -Determine the noble gas abundances and...
Topics: Saturn, NASA, Entry Probe, Atmosphere, Mission Concept Study, Decadal
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The Trojan asteroids of Jupiter lie at the crux of several of the most interesting outstanding issues regarding the formation and evolution of the Solar System. We present science questions centering on the Trojans are lay out recommendations for their future study and exploration.
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The Enceladus Orbiter (EO) mission would explore Saturn's moon Enceladus, investigating the following in order of priority: -The nature of Enceladus's cryovolcanic activity -The internal structure and chemistry of Enceladus -The geology of Enceladus -The interaction of Enceladus with the Saturn system -The surfaces and interiors of Saturn's moons Rhea, Dione and Tethys -Preparation for potential future landing on Enceladus
Topics: Enceladus, NASA, MIssion Concept Study, Decadal
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This study found it might be possible to implement a Saturn probe mission in which a flyby carrier-relay spacecraft (CRSC) would deliver a single probe within the resource constraints of NASA's New Frontiers Program. Achievement of this goal would require a small and focused set of science objectives. The mission's science objectives, specified by the study science team, are divided into two groups: "Tier 1," essentially the science floor objectives that must be addressed to make the...
Topics: Saturn, Atmosphere, NASA, Mission Concept Study, Decadal
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The purpose of this study was to define a preferred concept approach along with the risk/cost trade space for a Uranus or Neptune Mission launched in the 2020-2023 time frame and within a cost range of $1.5B-$1.9B in FY15$. The study was conducted by a team led by William Hubbard with members of both the Giant Planets and Satellites Panels working with the JHU/APL Space Department as the design center. NASA Glenn Research Center's COMPASS team made significant contributions as part of the...
Topics: Uranus, Neptune, Moons, NASA, Mission Concept Study, Decadal
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The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of a Lunar Geophysical Network (LGN) mission to the Moon. It was conducted by Marshall Space Flight Center's, Robotic Lunar Lander Development Project team in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). This study was documented based on previous trades, analysis and options for concepts developed by the team over the last 18 months, with a goal of determining whether such a mission could be...
Topics: Lunar Geophysical Network, (LGN), NASA, Mission Concept Study, Decadal, Lunar, Moon
Planetary Science Decadal Survey
by Elizabeth Turtle
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The Jovian moon Io is likely the most geologically active body in the solar system, offering insight into tidal heating, volcanic processes, and other phenomena. However, its location within Jupiter's radiation belt presents significant engineering challenges that must be addressed to enable future missions to Io. Under the direction of NASA, and with direct guidance from the National Research Council's (NRC's) Satellites Panel, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's (JPL's) Advanced Project Design...
Topics: Io, NASA, Mission Concept Study, Decadal
Planetary Science Decadal Survey
by Michael L. Adams, Lori S. Glaze, Michael J. Amato, Charles L. Baker, and Gabriel Karpati
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NASA Headquarters commissioned the Goddard Space Flight Center's (GSFC) Architecture Design Lab with a rapid mission architecture study to support the National Research Council's 2010 Planetary Decadal Survey Inner Planets Panel. The purpose of the study was to determine whether a Venus mission with surface, or near surface, mobility and realistic operational lifetime could achieve meaningful surface science at two or more independent locations separated by several kilometers on a budget...
Topics: Venus Mobile Explorer, Venus, Concept, Mission Study, Decadal, NASA
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by John Spencer
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Titan is a high priority for exploration, as recommended by NASA's 2006 Solar System Exploration (SSE) Roadmap (NASA 2006), NASA's 2003 National Research Council (NRC) Decadal Survey (NRC Space Studies Board 2003) and ESA's Cosmic Vision Program Themes. Recent revolutionary Cassini-Huygens discoveries have dramatically escalated interest in Titan as the next scientific target in the outer solar system. This study demonstrates that an exciting Titan Saturn System Mission (TSSM) that explores two...
Topics: Titan, Saturn, Titan Saturn System Mission, NASA, Mission Concept Study, Decadal
This paper demonstrates the need to support laboratory investigations related to the surface composition of planetary bodies
With so many opportunities in the Solar System it may be hard to choose destinations. Titan has a one quality that sets it apart: it is uniquely suitable for humans. One reason for robotic Mars exploration is that humans will arrive in due course. An identical justification applies to exploring T
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by Dr. David Grinspoon, Michael J. Amato, Michael L. Adams, Tibor Balint
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The National Research Council's 2010 Planetary Decadal Survey Inner Planets Panel commissioned the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and the California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to perform a point design study, conducted under NASA Headquarters leadership. The charge is to mature a Venus mission concept capable of studying the Venus climate within a New Frontiers cost range. The NASA Ames Research Center also participated in this study, providing expertise in...
Topics: Venus, Venus Climate Mission, NASA, Decadal, Mission Concept Study, VCM
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A proposed New Frontiers mission concept for Venus lander.
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by Andrew F. Cheng
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Missions to many classes of planetary bodies - asteroids Trojans TNOs dwarf planets - can offer enhanced science return if they target binary or multiple systems.
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by Georgiana Young Kramer
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The lunar swirls are high albedo curvilinear surface features coincident with regions of strong remanent magnetism. Investigating the lunar swirls is important to understand the Earth-Moon system the interaction of planetary surfaces with the solar wind and how to best explore our solar system.
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This whitepaper describes how the next generation of lunar laser ranging addresses four key gravitational science questions. In addition we discuss the current state of retroreflector technology and describe ways in which further advances can be made in laser ranging technologies.
This paper summarizes the long term Lunar Exploration Roadmap that has been developed by the lunar community and coordinated by the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group.
As NASA prepares to return to the Moon a clear understanding of the chemistry of lunar dust is required to set the stage for extended duration lunar surface operations. All aspects of the unique environment of the Moon—micrometeorite bombardment UV light exposure solar wind radiation solar parti
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This paper addresses the exploration of the martian atmosphere and focuses on broad atmospheric science goals that can be obtained from orbit. It presents the key questions in atmospheric science that remain unanswered and what progress can be made towards answering them in the coming decade.
Planetary Science Decadal Survey
by Lee Mason, (Study Lead), Sterling Bailey, Ryan Bechtel, John Elliott, Jean-Pierre Fleurial, Mike Houts, Rick Kapernick, Ron Lipinski, Duncan MacPherson, Tom Moreno, Bill Nesmith, Dave Poston, Lou Qualls, Ross Radel, Abraham Weitzberg, and Jim Werner
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In early March 2010, the Decadal Survey Giant Planets Panel (GPP) requested a short-turnaround study to evaluate the feasibility of a small fission power system (FPS) for future unspecified National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) science missions. FPS technology was considered a potential option for power levels that might not be achievable with radioisotope power systems. A study plan was generated, and a joint NASA/Department of Energy (DOE) study team was formed. The team...
Topics: Fission Power System, NASA, Concept Study, Decadal
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Neptune and its captured moon Triton are unexplored with modern spacecraft instrumentation. Observations of these objects are urgently needed to address planet formation and the evolution of ice giant planets, icy satellites, Kuiper Belt Objects, and the solar system itself.
The ionosphere of Mars is a key part of the boundary between Mars and the solar wind. The MAVEN mission will improve our understanding of ionospheric properties and processes including how they affect the escape to space of atmospheric species but other important questions will remain unanswered.
Paper describes how a single launch Mars Sample Return (MSR) mission could potentially be enabled by using of Electric Propulsion with Hall Thrusters: a well established, off-the-shelf technology commonly used on communications satellites today.
Automated sample return missions to the youngest (Procellarum) and oldest (cryptomaria) basalts on the lunar surface will help improve our absolute chronology for the inner Solar System by providing the timing for the beginning and end of lunar basaltic volcanism.
The determination of Saturn’s atmospheric noble gas abundances are critical to understanding the formation and evolution of Saturn and giant planets in general. These measurements can only be performed with an entry probe.
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Analysis of samples returned from unexplored areas of lunar volcanism such as the Gruithuisen Domes will (1) increase our knowledge of the history of the Earth-Moon system, (2) advance theories of lunar magmatic evolution and (3) provide valuable points of comparison with other terrestrial planets.
Global information on martian near-surface features and physical properties represents a great untapped aspect of the search for habitable zones and evidence of past climate. Imaging radar measurements can penetrate several meters of mantling material and 10’s of meters into ice.
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The Europa Jupiter System Mission (EJSM) is guided by the overarching theme: the emergence of habitable worlds around gas giants with goals to determine whether the Jupiter System harbors habitable worlds and to characterize the processes within the Jupiter system.
This paper describes the scientific goals and implementation design of the Comet Coma Rendezvous and Sample Return (CCRSR) mission one of the concept study missions funded by the recent NASA DSCME Program.
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It is the purpose of this White Paper to draw attention to and summarize the important role that planetary exploration and research with a comparative planetology focus have played and should continue to play in our understanding of climate and climate change on Earth.
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The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of a mission to investigate the possibility of volatiles in permanently shadowed areas of the lunar poles -- the Lunar Polar Volatiles Explorer (LPVE). The overall science goals and objectives were provided as guidelines by the Decadal Survey Inner Planets Panel, with the goal of determining whether such a mission could be accomplished within a Principal Investigator (PI)-led mission cost cap (i.e., New Frontiers). This study was...
Topics: Moon, Lunar, NASA, Mission Concept Study, Volatiles, Polar
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The purpose of the Mars 2018 Sky Crane Capabilities Study was to "explore the full range of science capabilities that could be delivered to the surface of Mars in 2018 by an MSL-derived Sky Crane EDL system" [1]. NASA commissioned the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to perform this study. The Planetary Science Decadal Survey Mars Panel was particularly interested in the following science pathways: a surface field geology/astrobiology pathway, a subsurface geology/astrobiology pathway...
Topics: Mars, NASA, Mission Concept Study, Decadal, Sky Crane
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by Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton
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Several trade study sessions were conducted to survey a wide range of mission architectures that could meet, to varying degrees, the National Research Council (NRC) Mars Science Panel's proposed science objectives of a Mars Geophysical Network (MGN) mission. Nine architectures in total were investigated, five of which were targeted at New Frontiers class missions. Two Discovery class missions and two Missions of Opportunity (MOOs) were also considered. The architectures considered varied in the...
Topics: Mars, NASA, Mission Concept Study, Decadal
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Critical differences exist between scientists who observe weather and climate and those who attempt to model nature's complexities. The modelers believe complex mathematics and broad assumptions can forecast the future of climate Earth's most complex system. Long-term observation is essential.
This JPL Rapid Mission Architecture (RMA) study was not a mission concept study of a single mission, but instead was an architectural-level study of a set of missions to the Neptune system and, for some, continued travel to a Kuiper Belt Object (KBO). It was commissioned by three Planetary Science Decadal Survey Panels: Giant Planets, Satellites, and Primitive Bodies, whose diverse sets of science priorities made tailoring architectures to the science priorities particularly challenging. The...
Topics: Neptune, Triton, Kuiper Belt Object, NASA, Decadal
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The proposed 2018 Mars Astrobiology Explorer-Cacher (MAX-C) caching rover would be a NASA-built mid-class rover that would be the first component in a Mars sample return campaign strategy. NASA is projecting to launch the proposed MAX-C rover with the European Space Agency's (ESA's) ExoMars mission on a U.S.-provided launch vehicle in mid 2018; the entry, descent, and landing systems would use the "Sky Crane" approach developed for Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) to land a pallet with...
Topics: Mars, NASA, Sample Return, Mission Concept Study, Decadal
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New idea and technique with carbon cycle can be applied at lunar crust origin, lunar interior and lunar double construction (surfae and underground) building at the lunar base in future from new carbon-fixing cycle.
Technology is described which is well developed and on a path for space. This technology could be used in Mars orbit to provide a global climatology of wind and relative dust as a function of location and altitude.
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This paper outlines the importance of the Moon for Solar System science and in its own right as a critical target for scientific investigation during the next decade of exploration.
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At the request of the Satellites Panel of the Planetary Science Decadal Survey, a Rapid Mission Architecture (RMA) study of possible missions to Saturn's moon Enceladus was conducted at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in January and February of 2010. Fifteen mission architectures were examined that spanned a broad range of potential science return and total estimated mission cost. This report documents the findings of that study.
Topics: Enceladus, NASA, Mission Concept Study, Decadal
Currently available TPS materials can meet the needs of Sample Return missions with entry velocity 13 km/s heritage carbon phenolic is fully capable but potentially unavailable and currently available TPS will need to be qualified.
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The Moon is an extreme type of atmosphere - a surface bounded exosphere - and may represent the final ‘ground state’ of any geologically dormant body. Neutral gas and dust are emitted from its surface via universal processes believed to be occurring at all near-airless bodies.
Argo an innovative concept for a New Frontiers 4 mission will yield significant advances in our understanding of evolutionary processes of rings and small bodies in the outer Solar System by executing a flyby through the Neptune system then going on to a scientifically-selected KBO.
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Investigation of the atmospheric chemistry on Titan provides insight into the beginnings of pre-biotic chemistry. Detailed study of this process through instrumentation on spaceflight missions will allow us to understand the chemistry leading to production of organic molecules with large masses.
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This paper describes the science rationale for the next steps beyond Cassini-Huygens of exploration of Saturn's moon Titan.
We identify several areas where an increased emphasis on laboratory activities would lead to a significant return in scientific results based on an enhanced understanding of the fundamental surface chemistry of icy bodies.
We propose an integrated strategy to implement missions of high scientific priority, as recommended by the last decadal survey, while still responding to new discoveries. The proposed step-by-step approach to sample return would provide a credible path and conduct important in situ science.
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This white paper makes the case that sample return from selected locations on the Moon in the coming decade will provide extraordinary advances in lunar and Solar System science.
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by Professor Saumitra Mukherjee
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Starbursts produces extragalactic cosmic rays which initiate the Sun to develop low Planetary Indices (Kp) and low Electron flux (E-flux) condition of Sun-Earth Environment which leads to snowfall on earth and some changes in other plants of the solar system
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This white paper describes the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility, its capabilities, and its role in current and future research in planetary astronomy.
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by Oleksandr Potashko
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Is there a feature of presence of life on a macro-level? Could we say something about life on Neptune or on Halley's Comet or on an exoplanet? Let's consider that sign of life is an atmosphere. Let's consider crustal planet. Whether planet has an atmosphere we may say that it is alive in geology.
Topics: Signs of Life, Atmosphere, NASA, Titan, Decadal
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This paper describes the major questions about the atmosphere of Venus and the observations required to understand it. “How Does Venus atmosphere work?” A dedicated and renewed exploration effort is required to address this fundamental question. Key questions requiring new observations include: H
Recent calls for increased NASA technology and training development cite shortages with current trends. Suborbital and Explorer missions are key this but have been cut in the past 20 years. Planetary research supports no small missions at all. We describe how suborbital research can address this gap
Understanding processes that have occurred on the Moon provide a framework for understanding the origin and evolution of the other terrestrial planets. The SCEM science goals and priorities remain fundamentally relevant to our understanding of the solar system and central to its exploration.
Near-infrared imaging spectrometers capable of mapping hydrous minerals on the surface of Mars at meter-scales from orbit as well as hypespectral NIR imagers on landed rovers not only enhance the scientific return of orbital and rover missions but will be critical in guiding future rover operation
This paper consists of the intro & observatory capabilities (ch. 1) plus the planetary science (ch. 5) portions of the SOFIA Science Vision doc pub. in 2009 as an update of the scientific case for SOFIA. D. Backman produced this extract; the original doc is authored by the SOFIA Science Team.
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by Karla B. Clark
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The baseline EJSM architecture consists the NASA-led Jupiter Europa Orbiter (JEO), and the ESA-led Jupiter Ganymede Orbiter (JGO). Complementary instruments monitor dynamic phenomena, map the Jovian magnetosphere and its interactions with the Galilean satellites, and characterize water oceans beneat
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by Krishan Khurana
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As part of NASA's support to the National Research Council (NRC) and its current Planetary Decadal Survey, JPL was assigned the task of developing a mission and flight system architecture suitable to perform a scientifically viable Ganymede Orbiter (GO) mission responsive to science traceability matrix (STM) requirements formulated by NASA's science panel. This report documents the results of that study. The results support the following conclusions: -The Ganymede Orbiter mission would offer a...
Topics: Ganymede, NASA, Mission Concept Study, Decadal
Mars' two moons Phobos and Deimos are D-type small bodies that may be remnants of the population that delivered volatiles to the inner solar system. A Discovery class mission can address key science questions at the moons and prepare for future human exploration.
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by J. Hunter Waite
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This study focused on an in-situ examination of a hydrocarbon lake on the Saturnian moon Titan -- a target that presents unique scientific opportunities as well as several unique engineering challenges (e.g., submersion systems and cryogenic sampling) to enable those measurements. Per direction from the National Research Council (NRC) 2012SS Planetary Decadal Survey Satellites Panel, and after an initial trade-space examination, study architectures focused on three possible New Frontiers' class...
Topics: Titan, Lake, Probe, NASA, Mission Concept Study, Decadal
The polar regions of Mars represent a unique environment for determining the mechanisms of martian climate change over geological time. Using terrestrial paleoclimatology methods subsurface access to the polar layer deposits should be a high priority for future Mars exploration.