Extrasolar Planets

Contribute to / attend the next NASA Exoplanet PAG meeting

By Keith Cowing
September 6, 2012

NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG) will hold its sixth meeting on Saturday-Sunday, October 13-14, 2012, just prior to the 44th AAS Division for Planetary Sciences meeting in Reno, NV. ExoPAG meetings are open to the entire scientific community, and offer an opportunity to participate in discussions of scientific and technical issues in exoplanet exploration, and to provide input into NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP). All interested members of the astronomical and planetary science communities are invited to attend and participate.

ExoPAG-6 will focus on ways to expand the inclusiveness of NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP) to the wider exoplanet community, beyond the past focus on future flagship missions in space. Topics of discussion will include challenges and opportunities in exoplanetary science in the coming decade, and the status of NASA’s plans to sponsor the development of mission concepts for reduced-scale (<$1B) exoplanet exploration missions. The ExoPAG would also like to broaden the discussion to include other ways in which NASA might facilitate exoplanet research over the next few years, so suggestions for topics and/or speakers at the meeting are always welcome. Suggestions can be sent to Prof. Scott Gaudi, ExoPAG Chair gaudi@astronomy.ohio-state.edu, and/or Dr. Douglas Hudgins, ExoPAG Executive Secretary Douglas.M.Hudgins@nasa.gov. The meeting will run for two full days, so there should be plenty of time for both presentations and discussion. News and information about NASA’s ExoPAG and the ExoPAG-6 meeting can be found on the ExoPAG web site at http://exep.jpl.nasa.gov/exopag. [Source: NAI]

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