NASA’s Planetary Science Division Facilities

NAS Study of Laboratory Facilities for Extraterrestrial Samples

NASA requests that the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) perform a study addressing the following questions:

  • What laboratory analytical capabilities are required to support PSD (and partner) analysis and curation of existing and future extraterrestrial samples?
    • Which of these capabilities currently exist, and where are they located (including international partner facilities)?
    • What existing capabilities are not currently accessible that are/will be needed?
  • Whether the current sample laboratory support infrastructure and NASA’s investment strategy meets the analytical requirements in support of current and future decadal planetary missions.
  • How can NASA ensure that the science community can stay abreast of evolving techniques and be at the forefront of sample analysis?

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