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James T. Struck Some Anthropology of Humans in Space. Can Human Stability Provide Some Support for Non-Evolutionary or Religious Concepts? Are we able to Speak of a Homo-Astronomicus or a Human Group Involved in Space Travel? What Happens to Humans in Space? (ID-0135) Some anthropology of humans and space. I propose a relationship between religious artifacts and astronomical stability. I establish why calling humans in space a new species fits current species understandings and mention 2 other groups-slavery and sending objects a distance. Space effects raised. Primitive Bodies: Asteroids, comets, Phobos, Deimos, Pluto/Charon and other Kuiper belt objects, meteorites, and interplanetary dust. None of the above. A French American Museum of Chicago, Dinosaurs, Trees, Religion and Galaxies, Inc. 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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Tore Straume Solar Radiation Output: Reading the Record of Lunar Rocks Reconstructing solar energetic particle output by measuring signatures in lunar surface samples Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and the Moon. NASA Ames Research Center 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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Bonnie Buratti

Co-Authors: Eleonora Ammannito, Erik Asphaug, MiMi Aung, James Bauer, Julie Bellerose, David Blewett, William Bottke, Daniel Britt, Julie Castillo-Rogez, Tommy Grav, Eberhard Gruen, Nader Haghighipour, Doug Hamilton, James Head, Andrew Klesh, Steve Kortenkamp, Jian-Yang Li, Scott Murchie, David Nesvorny, Catherine Olkin, William Owen, Joseph Riedel, Andrew Rivkin, Daniel Scheeres, Scott S. Sheppard, Mark V. Sykes, Peter Thomas, Anne Verbiscer, Faith Vilas, Hajime Yano, Eliot Young
Small Bodies Community White Paper: The Small Satellites of the Solar System This paper identifies the top-level science issues, mission priorities, research and technology needs, and programmatic balance for the exploration of Small Satellites. 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. 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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Ashley Espy

Co-Authors: Amara Graps, Nicolas Altobelli, Jürgen Blum, Don Brownlee, Humberto Campins, Sigrid Close, William Cooke, Stanley Dermott, Gerhard Drolshagen, Eberhard Grün, Doug Hamilton, Matthew Hedman, Mihaly Horányi, Peter Jenniskens, Thomas Kehoe, Steve Kortenkamp, Harald Krüger, Marc Kuchner, J.-C. Liou, Carey Lisse, Greg Madsen, Ingrid Mann, Brian May, Scott Messenger, Nicole Meyer-Vernet, David Nesvorny, Pasquale Palumbo, William Reach, Chris Russell, Ralf Srama, Mark Sykes, Josep Trigo-Rodríguez, Jeremie Vaubaillon, Harold Weaver, Hajime Yano, Michael Zolensky
Small Bodies Community White Paper: Interplanetary Dust This paper identifies the top-level science issues, mission priorities, research and technology needs, and programmatic balance for the exploration of Interplanetary Dust. 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 Florida, Southwest Research Institute Download File

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Hal Weaver

Co-Authors: K. J. Meech, P. Abell, E. Ammannito, E. Asphaug, M. Aung, J. Bellerose, M. J. S. Belton, M. Benna, J. Blum, F. Brenker, D. Britt, D. Brownlee, B. Buratti, H. Campins, A. Cangahuala, J. Castillo-Rogez, A. Cochran, M. Combi, H. C. Connolly, Jr., N. Dello Russo, M. De Sanctis, M. DiSanti, R. Dissly, T. Farnham, L. Feaga, P. Feldman, Y. R. Fernández, E. Gruen, N. Haghighipour, W. M. Harris, C. Hergenrother, M. Horanyi, E. Howell, W. Irvine, M. Kueppers, E. Kuehrt, S. Larson, J.-Y. Li, C. M. Lisse, A. Lovell, K. Magee-Sauer, L. A. McFadden, J. P. Morgenthaler, B. E. A. Mueller, M. Nolan, J. Nuth, W. M. Owen, P. Palumbo, W. Reach, J. Riedel, N. Samarasinha, D. Scheeres, M. Sitko, M. V. Sykes, J. M. Trigo-Rodríguez, J. Veverka, R. Vervack, H. Yano, E. Young, M. Zolensky
Small Bodies Community White Paper: Goals and Priorities for the Study of Comets in the Next Decade (2011-2020) This paper identifies the top-level science issues, mission priorities, research and technology needs, and programmatic balance for the exploration of Comets. 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. Johns Hopkins University/ Applied Physics Laboratory 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-Rodríguez, 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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William Grundy

Co-Authors: W.B. McKinnon, E. Ammannito, M. Aung, J. Bellerose, F. Brenker, D. Blewett, J.C. Castillo, A.F. Cheng, M.C. De Sanctis, J.P. Emery, J.-Y. Li, C. Hansen-Koharcheck, M.J. Kuchner, A. Lovell, L.A. McFadden, W.J. Merline, K.S. Noll, C.B. Olkin, W.M. Owen, N. Pinilla-Alonso, D. Ragozzine, J.E. Riedel, A.S. Rivkin, C.T. Russell, J.A. Stansberry, M.V. Sykes, S.C. Tegler, A.J. Verbiscer, F. Vilas, H.A. Weaver, H. Yano, E.F. Young
Small Bodies Community White Paper: Exploration Strategy for the Ice Dwarf Planets 2013-2022 This paper identifies the top-level science issues, mission priorities, research and technology needs, and programmatic balance for the exploration of Dwarf Planets. 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. Lowell Observatory Download File

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Dan Britt

Co-Authors: Paul Abell, Eleonora Ammannito, Erik Asphaug, MiMi Aung, Jim Bell, Julie Bellerose, Mehdi Benna, Lance Benner, David Blewett, William Bottke, Frank Brenker, Humberto Campins, Julie Castillo-Rogez, Andrew Cheng, Clark Chapman, Harold C. Connolly Jr., Maria Cristina De Sanctis, Richard Dissley, Dan Durda, Joshua Emery, Eugene Fahnestock, Yanga Fernandez, Michael J. Gaffey, Nader Haghighipour, Mark Hammergren, Paul Hardersen, Mihaly Horanyi, Ellen Howell, Robert Jedicke, Andrew Klesh, Steve Kortenkamp, Marc Kuchner, Stephen Larson, Dante Lauretta, Larry Lebofsky, Jian-Yang Li, Amy Lovell, Franck Marchis, Joseph Masiero, Lucy McFadden, Karen Meech, William Merline, Patrick Michel, Beatrice Mueller, David Nesvorny, Michael Nolan, Joseph Nuth, David O''Brien, William Owen, Vishnu Reddy, Joseph Riedel, Andrew Rivkin, Chris Russell, Daniel Scheeres, Michael Shepard, Mark V. Sykes, Paolo Tanga, Josep M. Trigo-Rodriguez, David Trilling, Ronald Vervack, Faith Vilas, James Walker, Benjamin Weiss, Hajime Yano, Eliot Young, Michael Zolensky
Small Bodies Community White Paper: Asteroids This paper identifies the top-level science issues, mission priorities, research and technology needs, and programmatic balance for the exploration of Asteroids. 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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David Oh

Co-Authors: Richard R. Hofer, Ira Katz, Jon A. Sims, Noah Z. Warner, Thomas M. Randolph, Ronald T. Reeve, and Robert C. Moeller
Single Launch Architecture for Potential Mars Sample Return Mission Using Electric Propulsion Paper describes how a single launch Mars Sample Return (MSR) mission could potentially be enabled by using of Electric Propulsion with Hall Thrusters: a well established, off-the-shelf technology commonly used on communications satellites today. Mars: Not Phobos and Deimos. Jet Propulsion Laboratory Download File

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Thomas Ruedas

Co-Authors: Nicholas Schmerr, Natalia Gómez Pérez¸ W. Bruce Banerdt, Constance M. Bertka, Mathieu Choukroun, Yingwei Fei, Matthew J. Fouch, Walter S. Kiefer, Philippe Lognonné, Amy C. McAdam, Andrew Steele¸ Bernhard Steinberger
Seismological investigations of Mars'' deep interior This paper explains the importance of investigating the deep interior of Mars by seismological methods. Seismometers on Mars can bring insights to questions concerning planetary structure, tectonics, mantle and core dynamics, dynamo and mantle chemistry. The technical feasibility is assessed. Mars: Not Phobos and Deimos. Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington Download File

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John F. Mustard Seeking Signs of Life on a Terrestrial Planet: An Integrated Strategy for the Next Decade of Mars Exploration We propose an integrated strategy to implement missions of high scientific priority, as recommended by the last decadal survey, while still responding to new discoveries. The proposed step-by-step approach to sample return would provide a credible path and conduct important in situ science. Mars: Not Phobos and Deimos. Brown University Download File

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Jeffrey L. Bada

Co-Authors: Andrew D. Aubrey, Frank J. Grunthaner, Michael Hecht, Richard Quinn, Richard Mathies, Aaron Zent, John H. Chalmers
Seeking Signs of Life on Mars: In Situ Investigations as Prerequisites to Sample Return Missions We argue for deployment of increasingly sophisticated in situ techniques to definitively identify biomarkers before engaging in Mars Sample Return. We focus on “following the nitrogen,” using techniques such as micro capillary electrophoresis to identify and determine the chirality of primary amines Mars: Not Phobos and Deimos. Scripps Institution of Oceanography Download File

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Amy S. Lo

Co-Authors: Howard Eller, Dean Dailey, Eric Drucker, James Wehner
Secondary Payloads Using LCROSS Architecture The ESPA architecture used by the LCROSS mission enables two capable missions for the cost of one launch. This paper describes our approach for leveraging the capability of the new generation of EELVs to enable secondary planetary missions at well below the cost of an independently launched mission. Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and the Moon. Mars: Not Phobos and Deimos. Primitive Bodies: Asteroids, comets, Phobos, Deimos, Pluto/Charon and other Kuiper belt objects, meteorites, and interplanetary dust. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Download File

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Paul A. Abell

Co-Authors: Daniel Adamo, Thomas Jones, David Korsmeyer, Rob Landis
Scientific Investigation of Near-Earth Objects via the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle NASA has examined the feasibility of sending the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle to near-Earth objects during the next decade and beyond as part of its future Human Space Flight program. This paper describes the in-depth scientific investigations that could be accomplished by such missions. Primitive Bodies: Asteroids, comets, Phobos, Deimos, Pluto/Charon and other Kuiper belt objects, meteorites, and interplanetary dust. NASA Johnson Space Center / Planetary Science Institute Download File

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Robert Pappalardo

Co-Authors: Michel Blanc, Emma Bunce, Michele Dougherty, Olivier Grasset, Ron Greeley, Torrence Johnson, Jean-Pierre Lebreton, David Senske, Louise Prockter
Science of the Europa Jupiter System Mission The Europa Jupiter System Mission (EJSM) is guided by the overarching theme: the emergence of habitable worlds around gas giants, with goals to determine whether the Jupiter System harbors habitable worlds, and to characterize the processes within the Jupiter system. Giant Planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and exoplanets, including rings and magnetic fields, but not their satellites. Satellites: Galilean satellites, Titan, and the other satellites of the giant planets. Jet Propulsion Laboratory Download File

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Jack Burns

Co-Authors: E. Hallman, D. Duncan, J. Darling, & J. Stocke, J. Lazio, K. Weiler, J. Hewitt, C. Carilli, R. Bradley, T. Bastian, J. Ulvestad, J. Kasper & L. Greenhill, R. MacDowall, S. Merkowitz, J. McGarry, Zagwodzki, P. Yeh, H. Thronson, S. Ne, D. Currie, T. Murphy, S. Furlanetto & A. Mesinger, A. Loeb, J. Pritchard & E. Visbal, D. Jones, G. Taylor, K. Nordtvedt, J. Bowman, J. Grunsfeld, S. Bale, B. Wandelt, H. Falcke
Science from the Moon: The NASA/NLSI Lunar University Network for Astrophysics Research (LUNAR) The Moon is a unique platform for fundamental astrophysical measurements of gravitation, the Sun, and the Universe. With the aim of providing additional perspective on the Moon as a scientific platform, this white paper describes key research projects involving astrophysics from the Moon. Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and the Moon. University of Colorado Download File

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Jonathan I. Lunine Saturn''s Titan: A strict test for life''s cosmic ubiquity In this white paper I argue that Titan provides a strict test for the Copernican hypothesis that life is a ubiquitous cosmic phenomenon. Planets with environments like Titan may be common in the cosmos, as they correspond to a roughly 1 AU orbit around M-dwarfs. Giant Planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and exoplanets, including rings and magnetic fields, but not their satellites. Satellites: Galilean satellites, Titan, and the other satellites of the giant planets. University of Arizona Download File

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