SETI [ASTRO] Mars 2001 Workshop

Larry Klaes (
Wed, 02 Jun 1999 14:42:56 -0400

>X-Authentication-Warning: majordom set sender to owner-astro using -f >Date: Tue, 1 Jun 1999 15:07:27 GMT >From: Ron Baalke <> >To: >Subject: [ASTRO] Mars 2001 Workshop >Sender: >Reply-To: Ron Baalke <> > > > > WORKSHOP ON > MARS 2001: > Integrated Science In Preparation For > Sample Return And Human Exploration > > Questions regarding the technical content of this meeting should be > directed to one of the conveners shown below: > >STEVE SAUNDERS JOHN MARSHALL CATHY WEITZ >Mail Stop 183-335 Mail Stop 239-12 Mail Stop 183-335 > >Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA Ames Research Jet Propulsion > Center Laboratory > >4800 Oak Grove Drive Moffett Field CA 94035 4800 Oak Grove > Drive >Pasadena CA 91109 >Pasadena CA 91109 jmarshall@mail.arc.nasa.govPasadena CA 91109 > > > Lunar and Planetary Institute > > Lunar and Planetary Institute > Mars Program Office, Jet Propulsion Laboratory > National Aeronautics and Space Administration > > ------------------------------------------------------------------------ > >After a number of initial programmatic alterations, the Mars 2001 mission >has emerged as a very exciting stage in the exploration of Mars. In >particular, through the Science Operations Working Group (SOWG), the mission >has evolved a distinct science integration approach in which various payload >elements will work synergistically toward common goals using instruments >deployed on an orbiter, a lander, and a rover. Notably, there are joint >science strategies bridging planetary science and human exploration goals. >For the Human Exploration and Development of Space (HEDS) Program, this is a >historic mission: Both the lander and the orbiter will spearhead the first >Mars human exploration experiments of the new millennium. MSP 2001 is a >cornerstone of a sequence of robotic missions that will ultimately lead to >the exchange of materials and humans between Earth and Mars. > >It is intended that the workshop initially provide a colloquium-type >environment intended to increase awareness of the mission's goals and >potential. Through talks by invited speakers, the workshop will exhibit the >instruments, scientific goals, and enhanced science opportunities afforded >by integration of mission activities and collaboration between "planetary >elements" and "HEDS elements." Many members of the science community may be >surprised at the scientific scope being afforded by the array of mission >capabilities. > >Because of the number of recent, active, or currently planned Mars missions >(Pathfinder, MGS, Mars '98, MSP 01-03-05 series), it is not easy for any >particular mission to take advantage of results from recent, almost parallel >missions. The two-year turnaround in the MSP Program itself imposes severe >constraints on the timely dissemination of data. We therefore hope to >feature special presentations from all active or planned missions as a means >of helping to eliminate redundancy in mission science goals, and as a means >of ensuring that the 2001 science is built on the most informed platform >possible. > >A critical focus of the workshop is to hear from the science community at >large. Those directly involved in the mission itself welcome new ideas and >new perspectives on the science that can be conducted on 2001, and the way >in which the science return can be optimized through instrument operational >strategies. This feedback from the science community will be manifested in >two ways. First, participants will be able to provide input, via several >splinter groups, into the workshop summary that will be included in the >postmeeting report. Second, participants will be invited to contribute >abstracts that will appear in the meeting report. Additionally, there will >be opportunity for participants to present talks and posters during the >workshop. > >The Science Operations Working Group (SOWG) for 2001 continuously develops >mission operation strategies and science optimization approaches by >examining ways in which the various instrument packages can function >synergistically, and with conflict-free activities regarding timing and >resource utilization. It is hoped that the contribution of the science >community will enhance the SOWG function in this regard. Although there are >constraints on mission resources and scientific scope (a "new" mission will >not emerge from this workshop), there are many opportunities for >experimental procedures, interactions between experiments, and operational >sequencing to be geared toward certain scientific questions. > >The mixture of planetary science goals (essentially precursors to sample >return) and HEDS goals (precursors to human exploration) makes MSP 2001 a >unique Mars mission. This workshop is intended to draw closer ties between >the planetary and HEDS communities. In particular, both communities will >need to agree upon a landing site. Fortuitously, a Landing Site meeting to >downsize the number of potential sites will precede this workshop, and input >from this Working Group to continue downsizing the sites will be sought. The >workshop will also be a chance for scientists to learn of opportunities for >participating scientists on the 2001 mission, to be announced by NASA. > >The workshop will be held at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, >Texas, on October 2-4, 1999. Speakers and poster presentations will be >chosen on the basis of one-paragraph abstracts submitted in response to this >announcement (see Indication of Interest form). The abstracts, talks, and >posters should be targeted specifically for the 2001 opportunity, rather >than Mars science in general. Authors of selected presentations will be >asked to submit an extended two-page abstract of their presentation to LPI >by September 3, 1999. Instructions for submitting these abstracts will be >provided to the selected speakers in the final announcement to be mailed at >the end of July. Following the workshop an LPI report will be published that >contains these abstracts, as well as detailed summary of the discussion and >consensus reached by workshop participants. > >The first day of the meeting will consist of talks presented on the >programmatic perspectives as viewed from those sponsoring the mission, and >talks on the payloads themselves and the level of maturity of mission >operations and integrated science strategies. The second day will enable >broad Mars science and human exploration imperatives to be expressed by >speakers not necessarily directly involved in the mission. These talks are >intended to provide summary overviews that place mission goals and >long-range exploration planning in perspective. Topics that may be covered >in the talks include: volcanology, eolian processes, hydrology, geophysics, >spectroscopy, petrology, impact crater-ing, human hazards, martian >resources, and astrobiology. The third day will break into splinter groups >in which participants can express concerns, new science ideas, and new >strategies; subgroup leaders will document ideas for publication in the >workshop report. Provisionally, subgroup discussion topics include: > > 1. Rock geochemistry and geology > 2. Soil spatial and vertical exploration strategies > 3. Science and imaging from orbit and during descent > 4. Human exploration issues, such as hazards relating to > radiation, physics and chemistry of > dust, and electrostatics > 5. Meteorological and atmospheric phenomena > 6. Exobiology > >The workshop organizers solicit your response to this announcement by June >25, 1999. Future announcements will be mailed only to those who indicate >interest in this workshop by submitting the Indication of Interest form to >the Lunar and Planetary Institute. > >Attendance and Registration: The final schedule of presentations will be >based on the responses received on the one-paragraph abstract section of the >Indication of Interest form. A final announcement that will include the >program, abstract submission instructions, preregistration forms, >information on local accommodations, and other travel information will be >mailed only to those who indicate interest in this workshop by submitting >the Indication of Interest form to the Lunar and Planetary Institute by June >25, 1999. > >Questions regarding announcements and logistics should be directed to >LeBecca Simmons, Lunar and Planetary Institute, 3600 Bay Area Boulevard, >Houston TX 77058-1113 (phone: 281-486-2158; fax: 281-486-2160; >e-mail: > > >June 25, 1999 Indication of Interest forms (including one-paragraph > abstract) due at LPI >July 26, 1999 Final announcement mailed >September 3, ELECTRONIC abstract submission deadline (5:00 p.m. >1999 CDT) > Preregistration deadline >October 2-4, 1999 Mars 2001 Workshop at LPI > >

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