NASA, NRC, and Other Related Resources

Planetary Decadal Survey-Related Documents

  Origins, Worlds, and Life: A Decadal Strategy for Planetary Science and Astrobiology 2023-2032

  Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey White Paper Proposals

  PSD Response to Decadal Midterm
NASA’s response to “Vision and Voyages for Planetary Sciences in the Decade 2013–2022: A Midterm Review”

  2018 NRC Decadal Survey Midterm Review
A review of the progress toward implementing the Decadal Survey “Vision and Voyages for Planetary Sciences”

  2013–2022 NRC Decadal Survey
Vision and Voyages for Planetary Science in the Decade 2013–2022

Mission Concept Studies

Solar System Exploration Directorate, Ice Giants Pre-Decadal Study Final Report, JPL D-100520, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, 2017

NASA, Report of the Europa Lander Science Definition Team, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, 2017

Space Research Institute, Venera-D: Expanding our Horizon of Terrestrial Planet Climate and Geology through the Comprehensive Exploration of Venus—Report of the Venera-D Joint Science Definition Team, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 2017

Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group, Report from the Next Orbiter Science Analysis Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, 2015




Planetary Mission Senior Review (PMSR)

2023 IRTF Independent Review

Apollo Next Generation Sample Analysis Program (ANGSA)

The Apollo Next Generation Sample Analysis (ANGSA) initiative was designed to examine these pristine samples. Nine teams with over 50 scientists and engineers will participate in this initiative.

Artemis III Science Definition Team

The Science Definition Team was assembled by the Planetary Science Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate to provide compelling and executable science objectives for the Artemis III mission, the first human mission to the surface of the Moon in the 21st century.

Astromaterials Acquisition & Curation Office 

The Astromaterials Acquisition and Curation Office is responsible for the curation of extraterrestrial samples from NASA's past and future sample return missions. Our mission includes the documentation, preservation, and preparation of samples from the Moon, asteroids, comets, solar wind, and the planet Mars.

NASA's Planetary Science Advisory Committee (PAC)

The Planetary Science Advisory Committee (PAC) reports to the Science Committee (SC) of the NASA Advisory Committee (NAC). Regular meetings are held for the purpose of soliciting from the scientific community and other persons scientific and technical information relevant to program planning. Presentations from the Committee meetings will be posted on this unofficial site.

Planetary Science Nuggets

Planetary Science Nuggets are powerpoint slides that have been provided to NASA SMD Planetary Science Division by members of the scientific community to highlight important science results or mission activities.

Planetary Science Vision 2050

The purpose of Planetary Science Vision 2050 is to identify potential science goals and enabling technologies that can be implemented by the end of the 2040s and would support the next phase of Solar System exploration.

NASA's Planetary Science Division Facilities

NASA’s Planetary Science Division (PSD) is evolving how it deals with funded facilities. As part of this activity, NASA is working to identify current facilities, how they are working, and the extent to which they serve the science needs of the broader planetary community.

White Papers

High-Priority Science Questions About Mercury

The curation and collection of Antarctic meteorites is a U.S.-funded, cooperative effort among NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Smithsonian Institution, and the primary purpose of the MWG is to encourage and expedite the scientific utilization of Antarctic meteorite samples.

Community White Paper on Landed Mercury Science

Representatives of the Mercury community contributed to a White Paper on the case for landed Mercury science.

Value of NASA Participating Scientist Programs to NASA PSD

The paper, authored by representatives of the NASA Analysis and Assessment groups, is based on data collected from surveys of the planetary science community and mission leadership.

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