Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG)

The Small Bodies Assessment Group was established by NASA in March 2008 to identify scientific priorities and opportunties for the exploration of asteroids, comets, interplanetary dust, small satellites, and Trans-Neptunian Objects. SBAG also provides scientific input on the utility of asteroids and comets in support of human space activities. The group consists of several focus groups of open membership and an eight person steering committee. Input from the scientific community is actively sought. 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 is chartered by NASA's Planetary Science Division and reports its findings at meetings of the Planetary Science Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council's Science Committee.  It is open to all interested scientists. 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 a member of SBAG, please fill out the Indication of Interest Form.

See SBAG Terms of Reference

Upcoming Meetings

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

Meeting Logistics
Agenda New

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

Recent Meetings

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