NASA Analysis and Assessment Groups
The purpose of this site is to allow members of the planetary science community to inform one another of their intent to submit a white paper as part of the planetary decadal survey.
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.
CAPTEM serves two functions: (1) It is a community-based, interdisciplinary forum for discussion and analysis of matters concerning the collection and curation of extraterrestrial samples, including planning future sample return missions; and (2) it is a standing review panel, charged with evaluating proposals requesting allocation of all extraterrestrial samples contained in NASA collections.
LEAG was established in 2004 to support NASA in providing analysis of scientific, technical, commercial, and operational issues in support of lunar exploration objectives and their implications for lunar architecture planning and activity prioritization.
MAPSIT was established by NASA and the planetary science community in the fall of 2014, following recommendations from the Planetary Science Subcommittee of the Science Committee of the NASA Advisory council. Originally named the Cartography Research Assessment Group (CRAG), the MASPSIT name was adopted in the fall of 2015 to be more inclusive of all aspects of spatial data analysis and associated infrastructure.
MEPAG is responsible for providing science input needed to plan and prioritize Mars exploration activities, and serves as a community-based, interdisciplinary forum for inquiry and analysis in support of Mars exploration objectives.
The Mercury Exploration Assessment Group (MExAG) is a community-based, interdisciplinary body that was established by NASA in 2020 to provide science input and analysis needed to plan and prioritize Mercury research and exploration activities.
OPAG is NASA's community-based forum designed to provide science input for planning and prioritizing outer planet exploration activities for the next several decades.
SBAG was established by NASA in March 2008 to identify scientific priorities and opportunities for the exploration of asteroids, comets, interplanetary dust, small satellites, and transneptunian objects (TNOs).
VEXAG 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 mission.