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VEXAG Goals and Exploration Sites 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.

 

Executive Committee Member Position/Roles Tenure
Lori Glaze
Goddard Space Flight Center
Chair January 2012–June 2015
Tibor Kremic
Glenn Research Center
Lead, Technology Development and Laboratory Measurements Focus Group April 2014–March 2016
Gordon Chin
Goddard Space Flight Center
Lead, Competed Missions and ROSES Topical Analysis Group December 2012–November 2014
David Crisp
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
At-Large Member February 2013–January 2015
Robert Grimm
Southwest Research Institute
At-Large Member February 2013–January 2015
Robert Herrick
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Lead, Venus Goals and Exploration Sites Focus Group January 2013–December 2014
Lynnae Quick
Goddard Space Flight Center
Lead, Early-Career Scholars Outreach Focus Group June 2014–May 2016
Sanjay Limaye
University of Wisconsin
Past Chair and Lead, International Collaborations Topical Analysis Group January 2013–December 2014
Sue Smrekar
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Past Chair October 2012–September 2014
Martha Gillmore
Wesleyan University

Venus Exploration Roadmap Topical Analysis Group March 2014–February 2016

 

 

Past VEXAG Co-Chairs (in chronological order)

 

Janet Luhmann
University of California, Berkeley, California

 

Sushil Atreya
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

 

Ellen Stofan
Proxemy, Inc.

 

Suzanne Smrekar
JPL, Pasadena, California

 

Sanjay Limaye
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

 

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:

 

Dr. Adriana Ocampo, NASA Headquarters
Dr. Thomas W. Thompson, NASA/JPL
Dr. Steve Mackwell, LPI