Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG)

The Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG) was established by NASA in March 2008 to identify scientific priorities and opportunities for the exploration of asteroids, comets, interplanetary dust, small satellites, and Trans-Neptunian Objects. The SBAG also provides scientific input on the utility of asteroids and comets in support of human space activities. The group has an open membership and a steering committee. Input from the scientific community is actively sought. The SBAG provides findings to NASA Headquarters, but does not make recommendations.

SBAG Charter

The SBAG is NASA's community-based forum designed to provide science input for planning and prioritizing the exploration of small bodies throughout the Solar System for the next several decades. It also provides input on how small bodies can be utilized in support of human space activities. The SBAG chair reports SBAG findings at meetings of the Planetary Science Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council's Science Committee.  The SBAG is open to all interested members of the small bodies community. The SBAG regularly evaluates the goals, objectives, investigations, and required measurements for the exploration of small bodies on the basis of the widest possible community outreach. If you are interested in becoming an SBAG member, please fill out the Indication of Interest Form.

See 2011 SBAG Terms of Reference

Upcoming Meetings

14th Meeting of the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group
January 27–29, 2016
Orlando, FL

13th Meeting of the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group
June 29–July 1, 2015
Washington, DC

1) Early career travel support: We are pleased to be able to offer limited US travel support for a few early career scientists to participate in the SBAG 13 meeting. Interested graduate students, postdocs, and other early career scientists (within 3 years of PhD/MS/BS) should email a one-page letter and a CV to SBAG Chair Nancy Chabot (Nancy.Chabot@jhuapl.edu) by April 24, 2015.

2) As we get the SBAG 13 agenda together, we’d like to give any team that submitted a small body related Discovery mission proposal the opportunity to briefly share their submitted concept with the community on June 30. Please pass this invitation along to any teams you were involved with, and contact SBAG Chair Nancy Chabot (Nancy.Chabot@jhuapl.edu) to be added to the agenda.

Recent Meetings

12th Meeting of the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group
January 6–7, 2015
Phoenix, AZ

Agenda and Presentations
Findings (pdf)

11th Meeting of the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group
July 29–31, 2014
Washington, DC

Agenda and Presentations
Findings (pdf)

10th Meeting of the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group
January 8–9, 2014
Washington, DC

Agenda and Presentations
Findings (pdf)

9th Meeting of the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group Meeting
July 10–11, 2013
Washington, DC

Agenda and Presentations
Findings