The Asteroid Sample Return Subcommittee of CAPTEM consists of six voting members, one of whom is Chair and a member of CAPTEM.
The Asteroid Sample Return Subcommittee provides:
Allocation Review Process
Investigators are required to submit sample allocation requests that follow guidelines published online in the Asteroid Sample Return Investigator’s Guidebook. These may be submitted electronically, and at any time. The Curator forwards requests from investigators to the Asteroid Sample Return Subcommittee, along with information about sample availability. Requests are reviewed to assess the feasibility and scientific merit of the proposed investigation, the capability of the researcher to manipulate and analyze the samples, and the availability and preservation of the sample. The Chair may convene a discussion among Subcommittee members by email or by teleconference for more complex issues. The findings of the Subcommittee are transmitted to the Curator, who makes allocation recommendations and communicates them to the NASA HQ Discipline Scientist for approval.