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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.
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]
Planetary Science Decadal Survey
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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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
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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
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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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 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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This paper identifies the top-level science issues mission priorities research and technology needs and programmatic balance for the exploration of Near-Earth Objects. This paper was organized by the Small Bodies Assessment Group.
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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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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 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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In this white paper, we will summarize one possible mission concept to explore Enceladus within a New Frontiers-level mission.
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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 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 represented...
Topics: Mars, NASA, Sample Return, Mission Concept Study, Decadal
Planetary Science Decadal Survey
by Marc Buie, Joe Veverka
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The National Research Council's Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Primitive Bodies Panel has commissioned NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) with a rapid architecture study conducted under NASA Headquarters leadership. The purpose of the study is to determine whether a mission to orbit the Centaur Object Chiron can be achieved within a New Frontiers cost range with a limited supply of Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generators (ASRGs). Guidelines include a launch between 2015 and 2025, a...
Topics: Chiron, Orbiter, NASA, Mission Concept Study, Decadal
Planetary Science Decadal Survey
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.
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.
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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.
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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 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
We argue for deployment of increasingly sophisticated in situ techniques to definitively identify biomarkers before engaging in Mars Sample Return. We focus on “following the nitrogen ” using techniques such as micro capillary electrophoresis to identify and determine the chirality of primary amines
Almost anyone with work in chemistry and physics could be awarded the Nobel Prize; me too. Many contributions in chemistry and physics go on for several pages. The work of many are not recognized when the award is given to 1 or 2 people. Award could be given to any finding article or discovery.
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by Thomas Ruedas, Nick Schmerr, and Natalia Gómez Pérez
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This paper explains the importance of investigating the deep interior of Mars by seismological methods. Seismometers on Mars can bring insights to questions concerning planetary structure, tectonics, mantle and core dynamics, dynamo and mantle chemistry. The technical feasibility is assessed.
We propose that the needs of planetary science for event-detection and time-critical observations could be well-served by a global network of low-cost remote-controlled (or autonomous) telescopes optimized for high-resolution visible light imaging of solar system targets.
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 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
The purpose of this white paper is to emphasize the importance of investments in sample curation and analytical instrument development for the full realization of the science objectives of any sample return missions in the coming decade.
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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 WGLA of the AAS promotes collaboration and exchange of knowledge between astronomy and planetary sciences and the laboratory sciences (physics, chemistry, and biology). Laboratory data needs of ongoing and next generation planetary science missions are carefully evaluated and recommended.
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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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.
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.
Argo is an innovative pragmatic concept for a New Frontiers 4 mission which exploits an upcoming launch window that permits a close Triton encounter during a flyby through the Neptune system and then continues on to a scientifically-selected Kuiper Belt Object.
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It is recommended that probe missions to the giant planets be performed to help constrain models of solar system formation and the origin and evolution of atmospheres to provide a basis for comparative studies of the gas and ice giants and to provide a valuable link to extrasolar planetary systems
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The Moon has attracted international attention as the current focus of peaceful competition in space. This competition has long term implications for the future of liberty on Earth. If non-democratic regimes dominate exploration and settlement of the Moon liberty will be at risk. Only the United St
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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
This paper outlines the scientific benefits that will follow from renewed human exploration of the Moon
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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
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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.
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.
We describe 7 areas where greater attention should be paid to data returned from planetary missions, beyond minimum “mission success”. The alternative is duplication of efforts and greater chances for errors, thereby diminishing the cost return and scientific potential provided by planetary data.
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This white paper is intended to be a consensus of many of the active members of the Mars polar science community and is the culmination of discussions held at the 3rd International Mars Polar Energy Balance and CO2 Cycle workshop (MPEB2009) held in Seattle WA 21-24 July 2009.
Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG) recommends that the DS support 1) the JEO and ESJM flagship 2) Cassini Solstice Mission and 3) Technology to permit next Outer Planets flagship to Titan/Enceladus and assess the feasibility of 4) small flagship mission class and 5) a set of NF candidates.
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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 Michael C. Nolan
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Imaging of asteroids is necessary to understand their physical structure for studies of solar system formation, impact hazard, and resources for exploration. Ground based imaging is required to study the population of asteroids. Radar imaging at Arecibo and Goldstone currently best achieve this task
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This VEXAG community white paper covers both heritage and key enhancing and enabling technologies which are required for future Venus exploration missions in all three mission classes. It also argues for a targeted technology development program including a large environmental test chamber.
This white paper describes the science priorities developed by the Venus Exploration Analysis Group, through a series of meetings with the Venus science community. The science themes for Venus are Origin and Evolution, Venus as a Terrestrial Planet, and Climate Change and the Future of Earth.
The Mars Exploration Program one of the most visible and dynamic elements of NASA space science is at a crossroads. To ensure a robust future it must embrace the related goals of life and sample return and must begin to bridge the historical gap between robotic and human exploration.
It is absolutely necessary and of utmost importance to conduct the proposed measurements of charging properties of individual Apollo 11-17 submicron size dust grains by UV radiation and electron impact, at the lunar thermal cycle, for developing any believable lunar dust transportation models.
Many of the questions remaining to be addressed after the Cassini-Huygens mission require both remote and in situ exploration. Our understanding of the lower atmosphere, surface and interior of Titan will benefit greatly from detailed investigations by a montgolfiere, reaching a variety of locations
Topics: Titan, In Situ, NASA, Decadal
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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.
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
Argo is an innovative pragmatic concept for a New Frontiers 4 mission which exploits an upcoming launch window that permits a close Triton encounter during a flyby through the Neptune system and then continues on to a scientifically-selected Kuiper Belt Object.
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A landed/mobile mission to a lunar permanently shadowed region (PSR) should identify the composition, abundance, and distribution of volatiles in lunar PSRs. The next step is obtaining a detailed understanding of the transport/deposition/retention system to unravel the history of polar volatiles.
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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.
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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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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 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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This paper sets out some rationales for an integrated US space development platform within the UN forums . Such a platform might include for an international lunar settlement and for a related space sciences initiative into global development
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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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Determination of the physical and chemical properties of planetary systems is a key scientific goal of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). This white paper summarizes the mission’s capabilities in our solar system and extrasolar planetary systems.
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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
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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Reconstructing solar energetic particle output by measuring signatures in lunar surface samples
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by J. Hunter Waite, Jr.
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This White Paper describes the concept for a Titan Lake Probe, which could be implemented either as an element of a TSSM-type mission or as a stand-alone New Frontiers mission. The Lake Probe could be configured either as a boat or, for increased science return, as a submersible.
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To pursue a better understanding of life in space and link it to future missions we propose a strategy aimed at determining the potential for terrestrial microbial life to adapt and evolve in space environments. This strategy involves ground-based research small satellite missions and will culminat
Some anthropology of humans and space. I propose a relationship between religious artifacts and astronomical stability. I establish why calling humans in space a new species fits current species understandings and mention 2 other groups-slavery and sending objects a distance. Space effects raised.
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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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This paper identifies the top-level science issues mission priorities research and technology needs and programmatic balance for the exploration of Asteroids. This paper was organized by the Small Bodies Assessment Group.
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A proposed New Frontiers mission concept for Venus lander.
We present a conceptual design based on high-heritage flight systems from the Spitzer Space Telescope and the Kepler mission which will find 90% of all 140-meter NEOS in 7 years after launch and by 2020 if started soon.
Faced with budget constraints for the indefinite future we propose to break the Europa Jupiter System Flagship Mission into three smaller more affordable and lower risk missions that will get the first mission to Europa earlier and achieve much of the Flagship science before EJSM launch.
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by Mark Hofstadter
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This paper discusses some of the fundamental science that must be done at Uranus if we are to understand our Solar System and systems discovered around other stars. We suggest a Uranus Orbiter should be launched in the next decade.
The challenge associated with operating a spacecraft for long periods within the radiation belts of Jupiter cannot be underestimated. To realize the promise of incredible science the risk must be identified and controlled. Given the identified steps, the design is well in hand and would allow this s
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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