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Review of NASA's Planetary Science Division's Restructured Research and Analysis Program

Statement of Task

The Space Studies Board will convene an ad hoc committee to examine the program elements of NASA's Planetary Science Division (PSD) Research and Analysis (R&A) programs, as they currently exist following restructuring, for their consistency with past advice from the Academies. In conducting its review, the committee will address the following questions:

  1. Are the PSD R&A program elements appropriately linked to, and do they encompass the range and scope of activities needed to support the NASA Strategic Objective for Planetary Science and the Planetary Science Division Science Goals, as articulated in the 2014 NASA Science Plan?
  2. Are the PSD R&A program elements appropriately structured to develop the broad base of knowledge and broad range of activities needed both to enable new spaceflight missions and to interpret and maximize the scientific return from existing mission

In conducting its task, the committee will:

  • Not examine the PSD R&A programs as they were prior to the restructuring;
  • Conduct its review in the context of current budgetary realities that have differed from projections assumed prior to the release of the most recent planetary science decadal survey; and
  • Not comment on the strategic science goals and objectives of PSD, SMD, or NASA.


Committee Meetings

May 12-13, 2016, Washington, DC
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August 16-18, 2016, Washington, DC
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September 21-23, 2016, Woods Hole, MA  
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Committee Membership

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Stephen J. Mackwell  (Chair)
Universities Space Research Association

Michael F. A'Hearn
University of Maryland, College 

Joseph K. Alexander
Alexander Space Policy Consultants 

Joseph A. Burns
Cornell University 

Larry W. Esposito
University of Colorado Boulder

G. Scott Hubbard
Stanford University

Torrence V. Johnson
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Peter B. Kelemen
Columbia University

Makenzie Lystrup
Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation

Juan Perez-Mercader
Harvard University

John D. Rummel
SETI Institute 


David Smith
Senior Program Officer

Mia Brown
Research Associate

Dionna Wise
Program Coordinator


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.

May 12-13, 2016

James Green, NASA
Jonathan Rall, NASA
Max Berstein, NASA
Lennard Fisk, University of Michigan
Mark Sykes, Planetary Science Institute
Clive Neal, University of Notre Dame
Nancy Chabot, Applied Physics Laboratory
Alfred McEwen, University of Arizona
Andrew Westphal, University of California, Berkeley
Jeffrey Johnson, Applied Physics Laboratory
Jani Radebaugh, Brigham Young University
Robert Grimm, Southwest Research Institute

August 16-18, 2016

Ellen Stofan, NASA Headquarters-No Slides
Colleen Hartman, NASA GSFC
Eileen Stansbery, NASA JSC
Christophe Sotin, NASA JPL
Janet Luhmann, University of California, Berkeley
Alfred McEwen, OPAG
Tim Swindle ( SBAG)
Jim Spann, NASA MSFC
Michael Bicay, NASA ARC
Jonathan Rall, NASA HQ 1
Jonathan Rall, NASA HQ 2


September 21-23, 2016

Meagan Thompson, NASA HQ- No slides



* No slides indicates 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.