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Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) Meeting

Date: 2-3 November 2005

Location: The Holiday Inn, 924 W. Huntington Dr., Monrovia, CA, US,

2nd Information Circular

14th MEPAG Meeting

November 2-3, 2005

Primary Meeting Objectives:

1. Communicate status of the Mars program

2. Review major recent scientific results from our current Mars missions, including briefings focused on results from recent scientific meetings and workshops focused on the evolving understanding of Mars and water.

3. Discuss and initiate MEPAG analysis of updated Mars exploration plan through 2020 that responds to recent discoveries and is consistent with estimated program funding.

4. Plan for MEPAG's work over the next year.

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: Nov. 2-3, 2005. Start at 8 AM on Wednesday, Nov. 2, end at 4 PM on Thursday, Nov. 3.

Location: The Holiday Inn, 924 W. Huntington Dr., Monrovia, CA, 12 miles east of JPL. The hotel is located 22 mi east of the Burbank airport, 38 miles northeast of Los Angeles International Airport (FROM LAX: 105-E TO 605-N TO 210-W; Exit I-210 AT HUNTINGTON DR.; this route avoids downtown LA), and 31 miles west of the Ontario airport. It was the location for MEPAG's June, 2004 meeting.

Agenda for MEPAG meeting of Nov. 2-3, 2005

Start Time Agenda Item

Note: Unless otherwise indicated, all time speakers should assume that 30-50% of their time allocation is for discussion.

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005	


7:30	0:30	Coffee	
8:00	0:15	Meeting Purpose, Scope, Expected Results	Ray Arvidson
8:15	0:30	Mars Program Director's Comments	D. McCuistion
8:45	0:30	Mars Exploration Program Update	Fuk Li
9:15	0:15	Mars Exploration Program Science Update	Mike Meyer
9:30	0:15	ESA Aurora Program  Update	Gardini 
9:45	0:15	General discussion: Program-level issues	
10:00	0:15	Break	

Current plans for announced missions	

10:15	0:20	MRO Update	Rich Zurek
10:35	0:15	Phoenix Update	Tamppari or alt.
10:50	0:45	MSL Update	Stolper/Cook
11:35	0:25	ExoMars Update	Vago/Gianfiglio
12:00	1:15	Lunch	

Recent science results	

13:15	0:30	Recent science highlights from MER	Ray Arvidson
13:45	0:45	Recent science highlights from MEX	J.P. Bibring
14:30	0:15	Status of observations from MARSIS	Jeff Plaut
14:45	0:15	Break	

Topical subjects related to program planning	

15:00	0:30	Report on the Methane White Paper	Mumma or alt.
15:30	0:45	Report on NRC PREVCOM Committee	Chyba or alt.
16:15	0:15	Report from the Mars Environmental GIS Workshop	McKay or alt.
16:30	0:30	Status Report from LEAG/SRR	Jeff Taylor
17:00		Adjourn	
			
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005	

7:30	0:30	Coffee	

Future planning		

8:00	0:20	COEL Mars Astrobiology study	Bruce Jakosky
8:20	1:40	Next Decade Program Planning	Dan McCleese
10:00	0:15	Break	
10:15	1:30	Community Responses to Program Plan	Ray Arvidson
11:45	1:15	Lunch	
13:00	1:00	Community Responses (continued)	Ray Arvidson
14:00	1:00	Draft MEPAG Responses to Plan	Ray Arvidson
15:00	1:00	MEPAG Tasks: Emerging Science and Impact on Program	Ray Arvidson
16:00		ADJOURN	

RSVP needed:

So that we can plan the meeting logistics (e.g., seating, coffee/tea, name badges), we request that all participants RSVP by TBD 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 Holiday Inn.

Hotel:

The Holiday Inn (924 WEST HUNTINGTON DR., MONROVIA, CA 91016, Tel: 1-626-357-1900, Fax: 1-626-359-1386) has reserved 70 rooms for MEPAG at a rate of $89/night. Amenities include: Outdoor Pool, High-speed Internet Access, On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer), Health/Fitness Center On-Site. To secure a reservation, please contact the hotel directly. Mention the reservation code "PAG", and the group name "JPL/MEPAG." Cut-off date for the block is October 17. The hotel has ample free parking. If we over-subscribe this hotel, there are others within walking distance (in this contingency, contact Debbie if you need help).


Letter of Invitation

Members of the Mars community,

I cordially invite you to attend the next meeting of the Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG), scheduled for Wednesday-Thursday, November 2-3, 2005 at the Holiday Inn in Monrovia, CA (a hotel close to JPL). Because of the number of important issues we need to discuss, we are tentatively planning for the meeting to extend two full days. This will be the first meeting for me as Chair of MEPAG, and I look forward to working with each of you.

MEPAG last met in February, 2005. Since then there have been a number of significant events that will impact the nature and timing of the Mars Exploration Program, particularly planning for the next decade, 2010 - 2020. In addition, new data and analyses from the orbiters and rovers on Mars are providing new insights about the evolution of Mars, including the role of water over various timescales. The November 2005 MEPAG meeting will focus on discussion of new data sets and analyses, together with presentation and discussion of possible investigation pathways derived with new funding profiles. We will also launch a longer term study focused on emerging views of the evolution of Mars and implications for habitability, followed next year by studies that lead to a revised Goals Document.

Agenda topics will include:

  • Major recent scientific results from our current Mars missions, including briefings focused on results from recent scientific meetings and workshops focused on the evolving understanding of Mars and water.
  • Presentations from NASA/JPL personnel focused on investigation and mission pathways through 2020 that are consistent with new funding profile, with discussion and feedback from MEPAG attendees.
  • Exploring the potential connectivity between the Mars and Moon exploration programs. Our sister organization LEAG will have held a 3-day meeting the week before this meeting, and a report will be timely.
  • Work for MEPAG over the next year, focused on making sure new scientific results from current missions are used to help refine the MEPAG Goals document.

This meeting is important, and I hope you can attend. If anybody has a specific request for time on the agenda on matters of general interest, please correspond with either me (arvidson@wunder.wustl.edu) or Dr. David Beaty by about Sept. 15, 2005, when we plan to assemble the meeting agenda.

Sincerely,
Dr. Ray Arvidson
MEPAG Chair

Basic Logistics

  • Dates: Nov. 2-3, 2005. Start at 8 AM on Wednesday, Nov. 2, end at 5 PM on Thursday, Nov. 3.
  • Location: The Holiday Inn, 924 W. Huntington Dr., Monrovia, CA, 12 miles east of JPL. The hotel is located 22 mi east of the Burbank airport, 38 miles northeast of Los Angeles International Airport, and 31 miles west of the Ontario airport. It was the location for MEPAG’s June 2004 meeting.
  • Hotel Reservation Information: The Holiday Inn (626-357-1900) has reserved 70 rooms for MEPAG at a rate of $89/night. Rooms have high-speed Internet service. To secure a reservation, please contact the hotel directly. Mention the reservation code: "PAG", and the group name, "JPL/MEPAG." Cut-off date for the block is October 17. If we over-subscribe this hotel, there are others within walking distance.

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.

If you have updates to the master MEPAG e-mail list (either correction of faulty e-mail addresses, addition of Mars science colleagues who have been inadvertently omitted), or deletions, please contact Debbie Calderón at Debbie.Calderon@jpl.nasa.gov.

Web Site Address: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

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