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Review of Progress Toward Implementing the Decadal Survey Vision and Voyages for Planetary Sciences

Statement of Task


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine shall convene an ad hoc committee to review the response of NASA's Planetary Science program to 2011 decadal survey, "Vision and Voyages for Planetary Sciences in the Decade 2013-2022" (V&V).

The committee's review will include the following tasks:

  1. Describe the most significant scientific discoveries, technical advances, and relevant programmatic changes in planetary sciences over the years since the publication of the planetary decadal survey (Vision & Voyages or V&V);
  2. Assess the degree to which NASA’s current planetary science program addresses the strategies, goals, and priorities outlined in the V&V and other relevant NRC and Academies reports;
  3. Assess NASA progress toward realizing these strategies, goals, and priorities, and effectiveness in maintaining programmatic balance;
  4. Recommend any actions that could be taken to optimize the science value of the program including how to take into account emergent discoveries since the decadal in the context of current and forecasted resources available to it;
  5. Provide guidance about implementation of the recommended mission portfolio and decision rules for the remaining years of the current decadal survey, but not revisit or redefine the scientific priorities or mission recommendations from the V&V and;
  6. Recommend any actions that should be undertaken to prepare for the next decadal survey, such as community discussion of science goals, potential missions, and programmatic balance, and NASA support of potential mission concept studies. 

More information on this project may be viewed on our current projects website.

Committee Meetings


May 4-5, 2017, Washington,DC
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July 2017, California, To Be Confirmed
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August 2017, Massachusetts, To Be Confirmed
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Committee Membership

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Louise M. Prockter - (Co-Chair)

Joseph H. Rothenberg - (Co-Chair) 

Scott Bolton

Barbara A. Cohen

Andrew M. Davis

Alan W. Harris 

Amanda R. Hendrix

Bruce M. Jakosky

Margaret G. Kivelson

Juan Perez-Mercader 

Mark P. Saunders

Suzanne Smrekar

David J. Stevenson




Dwayne Day
Study Director

Mia Brown
Research Associate

Dionna Wise
Travel Coordinator

Presentations *To be added post meeting


Below is an archive list of names and a link to the slides presented at the committee meeting during open session. We have only included the slides for which the presenter has given consent to post.

Presenter names and slides are listed in the order of the agenda.Presentations which have been made available for posting will be added after the panel meeting is complete.




* No slides indicate that the presenter did not utilize slides during their presentation.

* Permission pending indicates that the presenter has not given us consent to publish the slides they presented at the meeting.

*Written materials submitted to a study committee by external sources are listed in the project's public access file and can be made available to the public upon request via the Academies Public Access Records Office.