Thank you to all who attended MEPAG Meeting 36! This meeting was held Tuesday-Thursday, April 3-5, 2018, at the Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport, in Arlington, VA. A total of 135 people attended in-person, and there were nearly 100 unique Adobe Connect logins each day.
The forum held on Day 1 was well-attended and very energetic, with >80 people engaging in discussion around 31 posters covering wide-ranging science and mission concept topics. From the forum posters and discussion, further discussion was held during meeting days 2 and 3 regarding potential MEPAG plans and priorities in preparation for the next Planetary Science Decadal Survey (spanning 2023-2032). Such discussion were one input into overall MEPAG future planning and the MEPAG Meeting 36 Findings; MEPAG will deliver the latter to the Planetary Science Advisory Committee (PAC) Chair and the NASA PSD Director. Meeting presentations included reports for operating and planned Mars missions (by NASA and other space agencies), discussion regarding proposed changes to the MEPAG Goals Document from the polar science community, updates on the NASA PESTO and Smallsat programs, the expected Planetary Decadal Survey Committee schedule, and reports from recent and planned Mars-relevant workshops and conferences.
Nearly all meeting presentations have been added to the meeting webpage (https://mepag.jpl.nasa.gov/meetings.cfm?expand=m36). The Meeting Summary and Findings have also been finalized and posted. Also available are all forum abstracts and, for some presentations, e-poster files.
Comments or questions, regarding the meeting, the Summary, or future MEPAG activities, can be sent to [email protected]. And we hope you will join us at the virtual meeting(s) that we expect to hold this summer.