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Midterm Assessment on Planetary Science Decadal Survey Published

August 21, 2018

Vision and Voyages for Planetary Science

In 2011, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine published the report, Vision and Voyages for Planetary Science in the Decade 2013–2022, generally referred to as the planetary science decadal survey.  In 2016, NASA requested that the National Academies conduct a midterm study to assess NASA’s progress toward achieving the decadal survey goals.

“Since the publication of Vision and Voyages, planetary science has made many advances, including acquiring results from several highly successful missions,” said Louise Prockter, director of the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and co-chair of the committee that conducted the study and wrote the report. “This decadal survey has served the planetary science community well, justifying a plan for planetary science that has been successful in supporting research and obtaining steady funding for missions.”

The study, Vision and Voyages for Planetary Sciences in the Decade 2013–2022: A Midterm Review, provides guidance on achieving the goals in the remaining years covered by the decadal survey as well as preparing for the next decadal survey, scheduled to begin in 2020.   

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