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

The third meeting of the Venus Exploration and Analysis Group (VEXAG) will be held January 11–12, 2007 at the Crystal Gateway Marriot, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202.

The hotel is located one mile south of the Washington National Reagan (DCA) Airport and offers a free courtesy shuttle service between the two (on request). Other airports: the hotel is located 28 miles from the Washington/Dulles (IAD) airport and 55 miles from the Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) airport.

The Crystal Gateway Marriot (703-920-3230) is making rooms available to us at a reduced rate of $188 per night. The reservations should be made under the auspices of NASA/JPL Venus Exploration Analysis Group (VEXAG). It is best to make your reservations early.

To receive electronic reminders and special announcements relating to the meeting, please submit the Conference Interest form by January 9, 2007.

Agenda

Thursday, January 11, 2007

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

8:30 a.m.
Third VEXAG Meeting Objectives
Sushil Atreya and Janet Luhmann

8:45 a.m.
VEXAG Introduction-NASA Headquarters Overview and Expectations
Jim Green

9:00
VEXAG Inputs into NASA’s Planetary Sciences Subcommittee
Sean Solomon

9:15
Overview of NASA Advisory Groups   
Ray Arvidson – MEPAG
Sudhil Atreya – OPAG
Steve Mackwell – LEAG

9:30
Recap of NASA Strategic Plan Report
Ellen Stofan and Jim Cutts

9:45
Overview of VEXAG Goals and Objectives
Janet Luhmann

10:00
Coffee Break

10:15
Venus Mission Architectures
Jim Cutts

10:30
Science Drivers and Technology Challenges for Long-lived In-Situ Exploration of Venus
Tibor Balint

10:45
Recap ESA's Venus Entry Probe Workshop and Cosmic Vision Proposal
Eric Chassefiere

11:00
Status Report: ESA's Venus Express
Hakan Svedhem

11:15
MESSENGER Flybys
Sean Solomon, Noam Izenburg, Ralph McNutt

11:30
JAXA's Venus Climate Orbiter
Masato Nakamura and Takeshi Imamura

11:45
NASA'S Discovery Candidate VESPER
Gordon Chin

12:15
LUNCH

2:00
Recap of International Planetary Probes Workshop
Jim Cutts

2:15
Chapman Conference Update
Larry Esposito

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

3:30
Coffee Break

3:45
Special Science Briefing - Venus Express VIRTIS Science Results
Pierre Drossart / Giuseppe Piccioni

4:15
Education and Public Outreach
Rosalyn Pertzborn

4:30
Preview of the Prioritization of VEXAG Goals and Objectives
Steve Mackwell

5:00
Adjourn

Friday – January 12, 2007

8:00
Mingle
Pick-up Handouts
Coffee and Pastries

8:30
Prioritization of VEXAG Goals and Objectives
Sushil Atreya, Janet Luhmann and Steve Mackwell

10:30
Coffee Break

12:00
LUNCH

1:30
Report on Prioritization of VEXAG Goals and Objectives
Sushil Atreya, Janet Luhmann and Steve Mackwell

2:00
Wrap-up - Next Meeting - Recommendations - Action Items
Sushil Atreya and Janet Luhmann

2:30
Adjourn