Second meeting of the Venus Exploration and Analysis Group (VEXAG)

The second meeting of the Venus Exploration and Analysis Group (VEXAG) will be held
May 1–2, 2006 in Pasadena, California at the Westin Hotel, 191 North Los Robles Avenue.
Phone: (626) 792-2727.

A block of rooms has been reserved for the meeting. When making your reservation, be sure to mention the meeting name VEXAG.

To receive electronic reminders and special announcements relating to the meeting, please submit the Indication of Interest form by April 20, 2006.

Proposed Agenda

MONDAY, MAY 1, 2006

8:30 a.m.
Sign-In
Pick-up Handouts
Coffee and Pastries

 9:00 a.m.
VEXAG Introduction-NASA Headquarters Overview and Expectations
Adriana O'Campo

9:15 a.m.
Second VEXAG Meeting Objectives
Sushil Atreya and Janet Luhmann

9:30 a.m.
Chapman Conference Recap
Larry Esposito

10:00 a.m.
Coffee Break

10:15 a.m.
Status Report: ESA's Venus Express
Hakan Svedhem

10:45 a.m.
Recap ESA's Venus Entry Probe Workshop
Olivier Witasse

11:00 a.m.
Update – Messenger Flybys
Sean Solomon and Noam Izenberg

11:15 a.m.
Update JAXA's Venus Climate Orbiter Overview
Takehiko Satoh and George Hashimoto

11:30 a.m.
NASA Strategic Plan Panel Discussion
Ellen Stofan, Janet Luhmann, and Jim Cutts

12:30 p.m.
LUNCH

1:30 p.m.
First VEXAG Meeting Recap - Technology Readiness
Steve Mackwell

1:45 p.m.
Plans for VEXAG Goals, Objectives, Investigations, and Priorities Document
Steve Mackwell

2:00 p.m.
Recap of PI-Led Lessons Learned Meeting
Gregg Vane

2:15 p.m.
Preview of Planetary Probe Workshop
Jim Cutts

2:30 p.m.
Open Mike Presentations (1–2 slides, up to 10 minutes)

Atmospheric Dynamics Science – Gerry Schubert (20 Min)

4:00 p.m.
Focus Group Updates (VEXAG Document Goals)

  • Atmospheric Evolution Focus Group
    Kevin Baines
  • Planetary Formation and Evolution Focus Group
    Steve Mackwell
  • Technology for Venus In-Situ Exploration Focus Group
    Jim Cutts

5:00 p.m.
Education and Public Outreach
Rosalyn Pertzborn

5:30 p.m.
ADJOURN

TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2006

8:00 a.m.
Mingle
Pick-up Handouts
Coffee and Pastries

8:30 a.m.
Focus Group Splinter Session Previews

  • Atmospheric Evolution Focus Group
    Kevin Baines
  • Planetary Formation and Evolution Focus Group
    Steve Mackwell
  • Technology Needs for Venus In-Situ Exploration Focus Group
    Jim Cutts

9:00 a.m.
Focus Group Splinter Sessions (VEXAG Document Objectives)

11:00 a.m.
Coffee Break

11:20 a.m.
Plenary Focus Group Session
Kevin Baines and Steve Mackwell

12:00 p.m.
Focus Group Splinter Session Reports

  • Atmospheric Evolution Focus Group
    Kevin Baines
  • Planetary Formation and Evolution Focus Group
    Steve Mackwell
  • Technology for Venus In-Situ Exploration Focus Group
    Jim Cutts

12:45 p.m.

  • Wrap-up
  • Next Meeting
  • Recommendations
  • Action Items
    Sushil Atreya and Janet Luhmann

1:00 p.m.
ADJOURN

1:00 p.m. 5:00
Ad Hoc meetings (if needed) on topics not completely discussed earlier in the meeting

Note: The Planetary Society (TPS)/National Space Society ISDC conference (LAX Sheraton Gateway Hotel) will have a Mars and Venus New Results session Thursday afternoon May 4, 2006 starting at 2:00 p.m. Featured speakers are:

2:00 p.m.

  • Rich Zurek: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
  • Donna Shirley: Mars in Science and Science Fiction

3:00 p.m.

  • Kevin Baines: New Views of Hidden Wolds, including Venus Express
  • Tibor Balint: Technology Perspectives in the Future Exploration of Venus

VEXAG meeting attendees who will be staying over for the OPAG meeting may want to attend.