MEPAG 37 – 2nd Information Circular

Members of the Mars community,

I cordially invite you to participate in the 37th meeting of the Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG), scheduled as an ~5-hour meeting on July 26th, 2019, 8:15am-1:00pm PDT (15:15-20:00pm UTC). This meeting will be hosted at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA on the day after the 9th International Conference on Mars concludes. The meeting will take place in Beckman Auditorium and will also be webcast using Adobe Connect. Complete information about the meeting logistics and current agenda are listed on the following pages; this information is also posted on the MEPAG Meeting 37 Website.

A main focus of this MEPAG meeting will be looking forward to the next decadal survey and MEPAG’s role in preparing for it. This will include reviewing the highlights of the 9th International Conference on Mars which will feed into the upcoming MEPAG Goals update. There will also be discussion of White Papers and other next steps for MEPAG and the Mars Exploration Community.

This MEPAG meeting will include reports to the Mars community regarding recent MEPAG activities, updates from NASA’s Mars Exploration Program on its current status, and the next steps for Mars Sample Return (MSR). There will also be updates from several Mars missions currently in development, including the 2020 ESA Rover/Surface Platform, the 2020 NASA Mar Rover and the JAXA Mars Moons Exploration missions, and news on the Moon to Mars Initiative.

The meeting is open to all members of the Mars science and exploration communities, and we welcome our international colleagues. We will also broadcast the meeting online for those who cannot attend in-person. I look forward to your participation.

Sincerely,

Dr. R. Aileen Yingst
MEPAG Chair

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