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Candice Hansen

Co-Authors: J.A. Stansberry, A.S. Aljabri, D. Banfield, E.B. Bierhaus, M. Brown, J. E. Colwell, M. Dougherty, A.R. Hendrix, K. Khurana, D. Landau, A. McEwen, D.A. Paige, C. Paranicas, C.M. Satter, B. Schmidt, M. Showalter, T. Spilker, L.J. Spilker, N. Strange, M. Tiscareno, W.M. Grundy, N. Haghighipour, K.S. Noll, E. Schaller, S. Sheppard
KBO Science with Argo - A Voyage through the Outer Solar System Argo is an innovative pragmatic concept for a New Frontiers 4 mission which exploits an upcoming launch window that permits a close Triton encounter during a flyby through the Neptune system, and then continues on to a scientifically-selected Kuiper Belt Object. Primitive Bodies: Asteroids, comets, Phobos, Deimos, Pluto/Charon and other Kuiper belt objects, meteorites, and interplanetary dust. Jet Propulsion Laboratory Download File

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Michael Nolan

Co-Authors: Paul Abell, Erik Asphaug, MiMi Aung, Julie Bellerose, Mehdi Benna, Lance Benner, David Blewett, William Bottke, Daniel Britt, Donald Campbell, Humberto Campins, Clark Chapman, Andrew Cheng, Harold C. Connolly Jr., Don Davis, Richard Dissley, Gerhard Drolshagen, Dan Durda, Eugene Fahnestock, Yanga Fernandez, Michael J. Gaffey, Mark Hammergren, James Head, Carl Hergenrother, Ellen Howell, Robert Jedicke, Steve Kortenkamp, Ekkehard Kuehrt, Stephen Larson, Dante Lauretta, Larry Lebofsky, Carey Lisse, Amy Lovell, Joseph Masiero, Lucy McFadden, William Merline, Patrick Michel, Beatrice Mueller, Joseph Nuth, David O''Brien, William Owen, Joseph Riedel, Harold Reitsema, Nalin Samarasinha, Daniel Scheeres, Derek Sears, Michael Shepard, Mark Sykes, Josep M. Trigo-Rodriguez, David Trilling, Ronald Vervack, James Walker, Benjamin Weiss, Hajime Yano, Donald Yeomans, Eliot Young, Michael Zolensky
Small Bodies Community White Paper: Near-Earth Asteroids This paper identifies the top-level science issues, mission priorities, research and technology needs, and programmatic balance for the exploration of Near-Earth Objects. This paper was organized by the Small Bodies Assessment Group. Primitive Bodies: Asteroids, comets, Phobos, Deimos, Pluto/Charon and other Kuiper belt objects, meteorites, and interplanetary dust. Arecibo Observatory Download File

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Thomas D. Jones

Co-Authors: Rob R. Landis, David J. Korsmeyer, Paul A. Abell, Daniel R. Adamo
Strengthening U.S. Exploration Policy via Human Expeditions to Near-Earth Objects By conducting a series of piloted Near-Earth Object (NEO) missions beginning about 2020, the U.S. will reinforce the scientific, economic, programmatic, operations, planetary defense, and public outreach elements of its human exploration program. Primitive Bodies: Asteroids, comets, Phobos, Deimos, Pluto/Charon and other Kuiper belt objects, meteorites, and interplanetary dust. Association of Space Explorers Download File

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Robert F. Arentz

Co-Author: Harold Reitsema
NEO Survey: An Efficient Search for Near-Earth Objects by an IR Observatory in a Venus like Orbit We present a conceptual design based on high-heritage flight systems from the Spitzer Space Telescope and the Kepler mission which will find 90% of all 140-meter NEOS in 7 years after launch, and by 2020, if started soon. Primitive Bodies: Asteroids, comets, Phobos, Deimos, Pluto/Charon and other Kuiper belt objects, meteorites, and interplanetary dust. Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. Download File

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Michael C. Nolan

Co-Authors: Lance A. M. Benner, Marina Brozovic, Ellen S. Howell, Jean-Luc Margot
Imaging of Near-Earth Asteroids Imaging of asteroids is necessary to understand their physical structure for studies of solar system formation, impact hazard, and resources for exploration. Ground based imaging is required to study the population of asteroids. Radar imaging at Arecibo and Goldstone currently best achieve this task Primitive Bodies: Asteroids, comets, Phobos, Deimos, Pluto/Charon and other Kuiper belt objects, meteorites, and interplanetary dust. Cornell University Download File

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Andreas Rathke Testing for the Pioneer Anomaly on a Pluto Exploration Mission An overview of the phenomenon, commonly dubbed the Pioneer anomaly, is given and the possibility for an experimental test of the anomaly as a secondary goal of an upcoming space mission is discussed using a putative Pluto Orbiter Probe as a paradigm. Primitive Bodies: Asteroids, comets, Phobos, Deimos, Pluto/Charon and other Kuiper belt objects, meteorites, and interplanetary dust. ESA/ESTEC Advanced Concepts Team, Keplerlaan 1 2200 AZ, Nordwijk ZH, The Netherlands Download File

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Andreas Rathke

Co-Authors: Torsten Bondo, Roger Walker, Andrew Willig, Dario Izzo, Mark Ayre
Preliminary Design of an Advanced Mission to Pluto A technology assessment and feasibility study is being performed within the ESA Advanced Concepts Team on sending a small-to-medium (700-900 kg) Nuclear Electric Propulsion spacecraft into orbit around Pluto with a mission launch in 2016 using existing or emerging space technology. Primitive Bodies: Asteroids, comets, Phobos, Deimos, Pluto/Charon and other Kuiper belt objects, meteorites, and interplanetary dust. ESA/ESTEC Advanced Concepts Team, Keplerlaan 1 2200 AZ, Nordwijk ZH, The Netherlands Download File

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Charles Alcock

Co-Authors: Matthew Holman, Matthew Lehner, Stephen Murray, Pavlos Protopapas, Michael Werner
Whipple: Exploring the Solar System beyond Neptune Using a Survey for Occultations of Bright Stars Whipple is a Discovery class mission to explore the outer Solar System. A small telescope will compile lightcurves of ~40,000 stars sampled at 40 Hz. Small bodies from the Kuiper Belt to the Oort Cloud will occult targeted stars, revealing their distances, sizes, and abundances. Primitive Bodies: Asteroids, comets, Phobos, Deimos, Pluto/Charon and other Kuiper belt objects, meteorites, and interplanetary dust. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Download File

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Dante S. Lauretta

Co-Authors: Paul Abell, Carlton Allen, Ariel Anbar, Olivier Barnouin-Jha, M. Antonella Barucci, E. Beau Bierhaus, Richard P. Binzel, William F. Bottke, Steven R. Chesley, Beth E. Clark, Edward Cloutis, Harold C. Connolly, Jr., Michael J. Drake, Jason P. Dworkin, M. Darby Dyar, Jack Farmer, Rebecca Ghent, Daniel P. Glavin, Nader Haghighipour, Vicky E. Hamilton, Carl W. Hergenrother, Kip Hodges, Lindsay P. Keller, Detlef Koschny, John Marshall, Scott Messenger, Steven Mielke, Keiko Nakamura-Messenger, Joseph A. Nuth, Dennis Reuter, Frans J. M. Rietmeijer, Kevin Righter, Waddell Robey, Michal Rozyczka, Nicolaus Copernicus, Farid Salama, Scott A. Sandford, Daniel J. Scheeres, Everett Shock, Steve Vance, Brian D. Wade, Kosei E. Yamaguchi
Astrobiology Research Priorities for Primitive Asteroids Study of primitive asteroids is fundamental to understanding the origin, distribution, and evolution of volatile and organic compounds in the early Solar System. This paper outlines six major research focus areas and recommends three mission concepts, which are listed in priority order. Primitive Bodies: Asteroids, comets, Phobos, Deimos, Pluto/Charon and other Kuiper belt objects, meteorites, and interplanetary dust. University of Arizona Download File

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Yan Fernandez

Co-Authors: P. A. Abell, E. Ammannito, M. Aung, J. M. Bauer, J. Bellerose, H. Campins, J. Castillo-Rogez, A. F. Cheng, C. M. Dalle Ore, M. C. de Sanctis, J. P. Emery, T. Grav, W. M. Grundy, N. Haghighipour, M. J. Kuchner, J.-Y. Li, K. J. Meech, B. E. A. Mueller, K. S. Noll, C. B. Olkin, W. M. Owen, N. Pinilla-Alonso, D. Ragozzine, J. E. Riedel, E. L. Schaller, D. J. Scheeres, S. S. Sheppard, J. A. Stansberry, M. V. Sykes, J. M. Trigo-RodrĂ­guez, D. E. Trilling, A. J. Verbiscer, H. A. Weaver, H. Yano, E. Young
Small Bodies Community White Paper: Goals and Priorities for the Study of Centaurs and Trans-Neptunian Objects in the Next Decade This paper identifies the top-level science issues, mission priorities, research and technology needs, and programmatic balance for the exploration of Centaurs and Small Irregular TNOs. This paper was organized by the Small Bodies Assessment Group. Primitive Bodies: Asteroids, comets, Phobos, Deimos, Pluto/Charon and other Kuiper belt objects, meteorites, and interplanetary dust. University of Central Florida Download File

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Walter Harris

Co-Authors: Walter Harris, Eric Burgh, John Clarke, Joshua Colwell, Michael Davis, Daniel Durda, Charles Hibbitts, Stephan McCandliss, Jeffrey Morgenthaler, Kurt Retherford, Ronald Vervack
Solar System Suborbital Research: A Vital Investment in the Scientific Techniques, Technology, and Investigators of Space Exploration in the 21st Century. Recent calls for increased NASA technology and training development cite shortages with current trends. Suborbital and Explorer missions are key this but have been cut in the past 20 years. Planetary research supports no small missions at all. We describe how suborbital research can address this gap None of the above. University of California, Davis Download File

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Janet A. Vertesi

Co-Authors: Robert Pappalardo, Claudia Alexander, William J. Clancey, Barbara Cohen, Paul Dourish, Jeffrey Johnson, Barbara Larsen, Kimberly Lichtenberg, Charlotte Linde, Scott Maxwell, Zara Mirmalek, Jeff Moore
Sociological Considerations for the Success of Planetary Exploration Missions Alongside scientific and technical considerations, the Planetary Science Decadal Survey should require that missions incorporate deeper consideration of the social science of spacecraft operations to maximize their missions’ scientific, technical and fiscal success. None of the above. University of California, Irvine Download File

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Alan Tokunaga

Co-Authors: S.J. Bus, J.T. Rayner, E.V. Tollestrup
The NASA Infrared Telescope Facility This white paper describes the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility, its capabilities, and its role in current and future research in planetary astronomy. None of the above. University of Hawaii Download File

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Rhawn Joseph Life on Earth Came From Other Planets Life on Earth Came From Other Planets, reviews the evidence presented in over 100 peer reviewed scientific papers published in prestigious scientific journals, and explains how life on Earth originated on other planets. The entire 45 page paper will be published in the journal, Cosmology, on 12/2009 None of the above. BrainMind.com Download File

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Robert Schingler

Co-Authors: William Marshall, Alex MacDonald, Mark Lupisella, Brian Lewis
ROSI - Return on Science Investment A system for mission evaluation based on maximizing science None of the above. NASA Ames Research Center Download File

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Linda R. Brown

Co-Authors: Pin Chen, Brian J. Drouin, Charles E. Miller, John Pearson, Stanley P. Sander, Keeyoon Sung, Robert A. Toth, ShanShan Yu
Laboratory Spectroscopy to Support Remote Sensing of Atmospheric Composition This paper discusses the declining state of laboratory studies that are essential to support and enable remote sensing of planetary bodies. Five recommendations are given to improve this situation. None of the above. Jet Propulsion Laboratory Download File

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Rhawn Joseph Life on Earth Came From Other Planets - 7 Page Summary/Press release If life were to appear on a desert island we wouldn''t claim it was assembled in an organic soup or created by God; we''d conclude it washed to shore or fell from the sky. The Earth too, is an island, orbiting in a sea of space and this is how life on our planet began. None of the above. BrainMind.com Download File

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Andrew Pohorille

Co-Authors: Leslie Bebout, Devaki Bhaya, Rocco Mancinelli
Limits of Terrestrial Life in Space To pursue a better understanding of life in space and link it to future missions we propose a strategy aimed at determining the potential for terrestrial microbial life to adapt and evolve in space environments. This strategy involves ground-based research, small satellite missions and will culminat None of the above. NASA Ames Research Center Download File

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Ethiraj Venkatapathy

Co-Authors: Bernard Laub, Joseph L. Conley, Helen H. Hwang, James Arnold, Christine E. Szalai, Jim Tibaudo, Robert Knudsen, Andrew Chambers, David Atkinson, Sushil K. Atreva, Joseph M. Vellinga, William H. Willcockson, Janine M. Thornton, Nicholas G. Smith, Richard A. Hund, John Dec, Max L. Blosser, Michelle M. Munk, Robert Maddock, Prasun N. Desai, Walter Engelund, Stephen Sandford, David A. Gilman, Steven W. Gayle, John Kowal, Christopher B. Madden, Stan Bouslog, Brian J. Remark, Donald Curry, Scott Coughlin, Adam J. Amar, Kevin H. Baines, Tibor Balint, Bernard Bienstock, George T. Chen, James A. Cutts, Jeffery L. Hall, Samad A. Hayati, Pamela J. Hoffman, Linda Spilker, Romasso P. Rivellini, Robert Manning, Eric M. Slimko, Adam D. Steltzner, Thomas Spilker, Jeffrey Umland, Charles Kiskiras, Duane Baker, Thomas Foster, Dominic Calamito, James B. Garvin, Timothy A. Sauerwein, Sharon Seipel, Lori S. Glaze, Spencer Stolis, Mark Lippold, Francis Schwind, James Thompson, Raj Narayan, Thomas Andrews, Conley Thatcher, Edwin B. Curry, John McKinney, Robert Frampton, Todd Stever, Charley Bown, William Congdon, Jennifer Congdon, Daniel M. Empey, Joe Hartman, Dinesh Prabhu, Nancy L. Mangini, Kristina A. Skokova, Margaret M. Stackpoole, Tood White, Howard Goldstein, Melmoth Covington, Robin A. Beck, Carol W. Carroll, Charles A. Smith, Deepak Bose, Anthony Colaprete, David M. Driver, Edward Martinez, Donald T. Ellerby, Matthew J. Gasch, Aga M. Goodsell, James Reuther, Sylvia M. Johnson, Dean Kontinos, Mary Livingston, Michael J. Wright, Harry Partridge, George A. Raiche, Huy K. Tran, Kerry A. Trumble
Thermal Protection System Technologies for Enabling Future Mars/Titan Science Missions This paper describes currently available TPS technologies and identifies new technologies needed to support Mars missions in the 2013 - 2022 timeframe, drawing on past mission studies, recent Mars Technology workshop for Mars Sample Return Mission, and the Solar System Exploration road map. Mars: Not Phobos and Deimos.Satellites: Galilean satellites, Titan, and the other satellites of the giant planets. NASA Ames Research Center Download File

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Mark Skidmore

Co-Authors: John Priscu, Brent Christner
Planetary Science & Astrobiology: Cold habitats for life in the Solar system The paper highlights that improved knowledge of the carbon and energy transformations necessary to support life at sub-zero temperatures is key to future planetary science and astrobiological research given ice is the most abundant phase of water in the Solar system. Mars: Not Phobos and Deimos. Satellites: Galilean satellites, Titan, and the other satellites of the giant planets. Montana State University Download File

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