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Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) Meeting

Date: 02/16/05 - 02/17/05

Location: The Hyatt Arlington 1325 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA, US,

Primary Meeting Objectives:

1. Communicate status of the Mars program

2. Discuss the NASA Roadmapping process and the Mars Roadmapping committee

3. Review results from the Mars Sample Return Science Steering Group that has been revisiting the science requirements for the MSR mission

4. Review results from the Mars Human Precursor SSG and the revision of the "human exploration" component of the Mars Science Goals and Objectives document

Who should attend?

Participation is open to all scientists/engineers involved in Mars exploration, including international colleagues. Since this is a ‘working’ meeting, it is not open to members of the press, however, if there is interest we can make people available for interviews afterwards.

Basic Logistics:

Dates: February 16-17, 2005. Start at 8:30 AM on February 16, end at 3 PM on February 17.

Location: The Hyatt Arlington (1325 Wilson Blvd., (703) 525-1234), in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.

Agenda for MEPAG meeting of Feb. 16-17, 2005

 	 	 	 
Start	Time	Agenda Item	 


Wed., Feb. 16, 2005	 	 	 

8:00	0:30	Coffee	 
8:30	0:20	Call to order, meeting introduction	B. Jakosky
8:50	0:45	Mars Program Director's comments, FY06 budget	D. McCuistion
9:35	0:45	Mars Exploration Program Update	F. Naderi
10:20	0:15	Break--morning, Day One	 
10:35	0:25	MEP Science Update, current challenges/requests	M. Meyer
			
			
11:00	1:00	Roadmapping process--update	McCleese
12:00	1:15	Lunch--Day One	 
 	 	 	 
13:15	0:35	International updates	Various
 	 	        Report of the MSR SSG	MacPherson
13:50	0:10	MacPherson Introduction (10 minutes)	 
14:00	0:25	Subgroup #1 (Leshin) (15 mins + 10 mins discussion)	Leshin
14:25	0:25	Subgroup #2 (Shearer) (15 mins + 10 mins discussion)	Shearer
14:50	0:25	Subgroup #3 (Papanastassiou) (15 mins + 10 mins discussion)	Papanastassiou
15:15	0:25	Subgroup #4 (Mahaffy) (15 mins + 10 mins discussion)	Mahaffy
15:40	0:15	Break--afternoon Day One	 
15:55	0:25	Conclusion and summary of findings (MacPherson) (25 minutes)	MacPherson
16:20	0:15	Discussion by Meyer of Sample Definition Team, and MSR Science Working Group	Meyer
16:35	0:25	General discussion:	 
17:00	0:30	Open Mars Journal	Dave Paige
17:30	 	    ADJOURN	 
 	 	 	 
Thur., Feb. 17, 2005	 	 	 

7:30	0:30	Coffee	 
8:00	 	    Report of the MHP SSG (revision of Goal IV)	 
8:00	0:20	ESMD update and MHP SSG Introduction (Connolly) (20 mins)	Connolly
8:20	0:45	Proposed revisions to Goal IVa (Beaty) (45 minutes)	Beaty
9:05	0:45	Proposed revisions to Goal IVb (Hinners) (45 minutes)	Hinners
9:50	0:40	General Discussion:	Group
10:30	0:15	Break--morning, Day Two	 
10:45	0:30	Status report on LEAG	Jeff Taylor
11:15	0:45	Mars Outreach	M. Viotti
 	 	 	 
12:00	1:15	Lunch--Day two	 
13:15	0:45	Mars Technology Program	S. Hayati
14:00	1:00	Planning the next 9 months for MEPAG	Jakosky
 	 	        Proposed 2005 SSG activity	 
 	 	        Planned work by the Goals Committee	 
 	 	        Issues from the floor	 
15:00	 	    ADJOURN	 

RSVP needed:

So that we can plan the meeting logistics (e.g., seating, food and beverage, name badges), we request that all participants RSVP by January 31 to Debbie Calderón at Debbie.Calderon@jpl.nasa.gov; or (818) 354-9470). She also would like a count of those planning to stay at the Hyatt Arlington.

Hotel: The Hyatt Arlington has reserved 70 rooms for MEPAG at the government rate of $153. The deadline for booking your reservations has been extended to Monday, January 31, but please reserve early in case we need to request additional rooms, as space is filling up. Rooms have free high-speed Internet service. For reservations: http://arlington.hyatt.com/groupbooking/jetp

For general information on the hotel and the surrounding area (including an area map): http://arlington.hyatt.com/property/index.jhtml

Travel: The hotel is located 4 miles from Washington National (Ronald Reagan) Airport (DCA), 23 miles from Dulles (IAD), and 0.2 miles from the Rosslyn Metro station, which stop is on the same Metro line as National Airport. Georgetown is a 1.5 mile walk across the Key Bridge.

Directions: From National Airport (4 miles): take the Metro to the Rosslyn station (no transfer is needed). By car, follow exit signs to Route 110 North, which becomes Wilson Blvd. The hotel is 4 blocks up on the right side. From Dulles Airport, go east on the airport access road to VA 267 east, to I-66 east, then exit #72, right on I-29, right on Fort Myer Dr, and then right on Wilson.



First Information Circular: MEPAG Meeting February 16-17, 2005

Letter of Invitation

Members of the Mars community,

I invite you to attend the next meeting of the Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG), scheduled for Wednesday-Thursday, February 16-17 at the Hyatt Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. Although the final agenda has not yet been set, for the purpose of travel planning assume that the meeting will begin at 8 AM on Feb. 16 and end at approximately 3 PM on Feb. 17. If you choose to catch the evening flight home on Feb. 17, I encourage you to stay through the concluding discussions.

Goals for this meeting

Over the past several months, MEPAG has had joint science-engineering teams (SSGs) working on questions that have been put to it in two primary areas: 1). Mars sample return, 2). Preparation for human exploration (revision of MEPAG Goal IV). It is important that the analyses of these two SSGs be discussed and validated by a larger set of people. Thus, I specifically encourage members of the community with interests in these areas to attend. In addition, this meeting will take place during the Mars Roadmapping process, and we will be prepared to devote a portion of the agenda, as appropriate, to this topic.

This meeting is important, and I hope you can attend. If there are any specific requests for time on the agenda on matters of general interest, please correspond with either me or Dr. David Beaty by Jan. 5, 2005, when we plan to assemble the final agenda.

Sincerely,

Dr. Bruce Jakosky
MEPAG Chair

Basic Logistics

  • Dates: Feb. 16-17, 2005. Start at 8 AM on Feb. 16, end at 3 PM on Feb. 17.
  • Location: The Hyatt Arlington (1325 Wilson Blvd., 703-525-1234), in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. The hotel is located 4 miles from Washington National Airport (DCA), 23 miles from Dulles (IAD), and 0.2 miles from the Rosslyn Metro station. Georgetown is a 1.5 mile walk across the Key Bridge.
  • Lodging: The Hyatt has reserved 70 rooms for MEPAG at the government rate of $153. Rooms have free high-speed Internet service. The Web site is http://arlington.hyatt.com/property/index.jhtml. Other hotels very close by include the Best Western, Holiday Inn, and the Residence Inn.

If you need additional logistical information, please contact Terry Martin, MEPAG meeting coordinator, Terry.Z.Martin@jpl.nasa.gov, phone = 818-354-2178, FAX = 818-393-4619. For comments concerning the agenda, please contact Bruce Jakosky, the MEPAG Chair (Bruce.Jakosky@lasp.colorado.edu) or David Beaty, Mars Program Science Manager (David.Beaty@jpl.nasa.gov). If the master MEPAG e-mail list needs to be updated (either correction of faulty e-mail addresses, addition of Mars science colleagues who have been inadvertently omitted), or deletions, please contact Debbie Calderon at Debbie.Calderon@jpl.nasa.gov.

Web Site Address: http://mepag.jpl.nasa.gov/

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