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Extraterrestrial Sample Analysis Facilities


Statement of Task

To prepare for the analysis of diverse extraterrestrial samples in the coming decade, NASA requires information on the current capabilities of the planetary science community's analytical laboratory facilities, their future requirements, and any associated challenges. Therefore, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will assemble a committee to perform a study addressing the following questions:

• What laboratory analytical capabilities are required to support the NASA Planetary Science Division's (and partners') analysis and curation of existing and future extraterrestrial samples?
- Which of these capabilities currently exist, and where are they located (including international partner facilities)?
- What existing capabilities are not currently accessible that are/will be needed?
• Whether the current sample laboratory support infrastructure and NASA's investment strategy meets the analytical requirements in support of current and future decadal planetary missions.
• How can NASA ensure that the science community can stay abreast of evolving techniques and be at the forefront of extraterrestrial sample analysis?

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

Committee Meetings


November 19-21, 2017
View Agenda I

January 22-24, 2018
View Agenda I View Presentations

April 3-5, 2018
View Agenda

Committee Membership

View Bios

Roberta L. Rudnick, NAS
University of California, Santa Barbara (Chair)

George D. Cody
Carnegie Institution of Washington

James H. Crocker, NAE
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company Retired

Vinayak P. Dravid
Northwestern University

John M. Eiler, NAS
California Institute of Technology

Abby Kavner
University of California, Los Angeles

Timothy J. McCoy
Smithsonian Institution

Clive R. Neal
University of Notre Dame

Hanika Rizo
Carleton University

Kimberly T. Tait
Royal Ontario Museum


Abigail Sheffer
Study Director

Mia Brown
Research Associate 

Anesia Wilks

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. Presentations which have been made available for posting will be added after the panel meeting is complete.



November 19-21, 2017-permissions have not been made available for this activity.

January 22-24, 2018-TBD



* 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.