OPAG Findings from August 2016 Meeting

OPAG findings from August 11-12, 2016 meeting

We are currently reaping the rewards of investments made in the Outer Solar System in the last three decades. We celebrate the achievements of Cassini at Saturn and New Horizons at Pluto, and look forward to Cassini observations in the new environments that the proximal orbits will explore. We applaud Juno’s arrival and Jupiter orbit insertion this year, and progress on Phase A of Europa Clipper. Continuing challenges to OPAG are how to plan and propose for future missions, and how to keep outer planet science and the community healthy in the ~10-yr gap in new data coming from outer planet missions after the end of Cassini and Juno and preceding the arrival of Europa Clipper.

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