Outer Planets Assessment Group November 2022 Meeting

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The NASA Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG) met in a hybrid format at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, on November 15–16, 2022.

OPAG typically holds this type of community meeting twice each year, to allow for discussion and feedback on current and upcoming outer-planets-related activities and to gather inputs as findings to NASA. The November 2022 meeting highlighted the science opportunities provided by the Uranus Orbiter and Probe mission concept prioritized by the recent Planetary and Astrobiology Decadal Survey.

Lightning talks and posters were presented by some attendees. The group discussed the unique challenges associated with accessing outer solar system targets in a timely manner. The group heard about recent outer-planets-related meetings, workforce-related efforts, and the current status of radioisotope power systems. Reports were given by representatives of current outer planet missions, including the James Webb Space Telescope. More information about the meeting is available at https://www.lpi.usra.edu/opag/meetings/nov2022/.

The next OPAG meeting will be held May 2–3, 2023, at the Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland.

— Text provided by Amanda Hendrix