VEXAG Charter/Focus Groups
The Venus Exploration Analysis Group is NASA's community-based forum designed to provide scientific input and technology development plans for planning and prioritizing the exploration of Venus over the next several decades, including a Venus surface sample return. VEXAG is chartered by NASA's Solar System Exploration Division and reports its findings to NASA. Open to all interested scientists, VEXAG regularly evaluates Venus exploration goals, scientific objectives, investigations and critical measurement requirements, including especially recommendations in the NRC Decadal Survey and the Solar System Exploration Strategic Roadmap.
In addition to interested members of the scientific community, each focus group will include technology experts, NASA representatives, international partner representatives, EPO experts, and the chair. The current focus groups are listed below. Other focus groups may be added, as needed.
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland
Bob Grimm, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder Colorado
David Crisp, JPL, Pasadena, California
Goals and Exploration Sites Focus Group – Robert Herrick, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Lead
Technology Development and Laboratory Measurements Focus Group – Pat Beauchamp, JPL, LeadEarly-Career Scholars Outreach Focus Group – Stephanie Johnston, University of Maryland, Lead
Topical Analysis Groups
Venus Exploration Roadmap Topical Analysis Group – Ellen Stofan, Proxemy, Inc. Lead
Competed Missions and ROSES Topical Analysis Group – Gordon Chin, Goddard Space Flight Center, Lead
International Collaborations Topical Analysis Group – Sanjay Limaye, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, Lead
Past VEXAG Co-Chairs (in chronological order)
University of California, Berkeley, California
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
JPL, Pasadena, California
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
Steve Mackwell served as Focus Group Lead for Planetary Formation and Evolution since VEXAG was formed in 2005 until spring 2009. Janet Luhmann, and Sushil Atreya, served as VEXAG Co-Chairs since VEXAG was formed in 2005 until November 2009. Ellen Stofan served as VEXAG Chair from November 2007 until spring 2009.
NASA and LPI contacts:
March 4, 2013