MEPAG Meeting 37 – Zoom Directions

Dear MEPAG Community,

MEPAG Meeting 37 will take place this Friday, July 26th, 2019 from 8:15AM-1:00PM PDT at the Beckman Auditorium at Caltech in Pasadena, CA. The meeting will be broadcast for remote attendees via Zoom (as opposed to Adobe Connect which was originally advertised). Directions to access the meeting can be found below this message from MEPAG Chair Dr. R. Aileen Yingst regarding an important topic for discussion at the MEPAG meeting:


Dear MEPAG Community,

In preparation for the next Decadal Survey, the AGs have been asked by Lori Glaze to help frame some “big questions” that might drive the planetary community’s science over the next ten years, thus feeding into the organization and structure of the Decadal; for reference, please see the email below this one. This is meant to be responded to by MEPAG not just from the perspective of the Mars Exploration Program, but also in terms of what we might envision across all disciplines and destinations. HQ is looking at a mid-August deadline for responses from the AGs.

We are in a very good position to respond to this request: by the time of the MEPAG meeting, we will have heard a weeklong discussion at 9th Mars about the current state of knowledge and what we have yet to learn, all facilitated by integrators who will be tasked to tease out the important common threads. This will be followed by our MEPAG meeting, and after that, there will be opportunity to comment on the website.

We will devote time at the MEPAG face to face meeting next week after the 9th Mars Conference to get input on this issue, so that the full breadth and depth of the Mars science community is represented robustly in the next Decadal Survey. Please consider and bring your ideas to MEPAG.

You are encouraged to use your own experience, and also look through the various salient reports from prior years as posted on the MEPAG website (, as well as MEPAG #36 meetingโ€™s extensive (not exhaustive) lists found within the links below. For example, key questions posed in two of the white papers that fed into the last Decadal Survey (e.g., Mars provides a means to approach, and possibly answer, questions about the origin and evolution of life; Mars gives us a chance to investigate short and long-term climate change; Mars offers a unique opportunity to investigate the internal structure and origin of the terrestrial planets) could easily map into more general questions (e.g., Is or was there life elsewhere in the solar system?; How do climates evolve?; How do planets lose their internal heat?).

We look forward to seeing everyone at MEPAG.


R. Aileen Yingst, MEPAG Chair
(contains the questions assembled from the Forum held during that meeting)
(contains a summary of the Mustard et al. 2009 questions/priorities for context)

Zoom Directions for the MEPAG Meeting โ€“

  1. Go to:
  2. Your browser will prompt you to either launch zoom or to download and run the Zoom app.
    1. If necessary, download and run the file to install the Zoom plug-in. If you are unable to install the plug-in, there is also a link to run the meeting in your web browser
  3. Once you have opened the plug-in you will be prompted to enter the meeting ID
    1. Meeting ID: 900 766 826
    2. Enter your name
    3. Please click the option to โ€œturn off videoโ€
  4. Once you have joined the meeting you will be prompted to either connect to audio via your computer or call-in via phone. If you choose to join via phone please follow these instructions:
    1. Dial by your location
      1. +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
      2. +1 720 707 2699 US
    2. When prompted, enter the meeting ID: 900 766 826 followed by the # key
    3. You will be prompted to enter a participant ID, which shows up in audio dialog box within the Zoom window (this will cause your phone line to be associated with your name), if you do not know your participant ID, that is OK, you can simply press #.
  5. Please MUTE YOUR MICROPHONE once you have joined the meeting.
  6. As is typically done at these meetings, we plan to webcast all oral presentations and discussion periods. Questions and comments from remote attenders can be submitted via the chat text window and will be conveyed verbally to presenters (time-permitting).