This report was requested by NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to review the status of planetary science in the United States and to develop a comprehensive strategy that will continue these advances in the coming decade.
Drawing on extensive interactions with the broad planetary science community, the report presents a decadal program of science and exploration with the potential to yield revolutionary new discoveries. The program will achieve long-standing scientific goals with a suite of new missions across the solar system. It will provide fundamental new scientific knowledge, engage a broad segment of the planetary science community, and have wide appeal for the general public whose support enables the program.
The 2013 Decadal Survey provides an outstanding science program for the next decade building on our strong foundation of success in planetary science.
The following links contain background and information about the survey and its impact on future space exploration.The map and chart on the right shows the date and locations of Town Hall discussions about the survey.
Download: Vision and Voyages for Planetary Science in the Decade 2013-2022 - a report of the National Research Council
White Papers & Mission Studies
- Presentation given by Decadal Chair Steve Squyres (3/11/2010) (PDF, 10.62 MB)
- Statement of Task (PDF, 37 KB)
- Presentation given by Decadal Chair Steve Squyres (PDF, 1.06 MB)
- Missions Considered by the Planetary Science Decadal Survey (PDF, 5 KB)
- Lessons Learned
- Planetary Science Decadal Survey Mission Studies Lessons Learned Report (Word, 180 KB)
- Planetary Science Decadal Survey Mission Studies Lessons Learned Report (Power Point, 321 KB)
NASA Leadership Views
Download: NASA Planetary Science Division Response to the Planetary Decadal Survey (PDF, 875 KB) - Official NASA response (7/29/2011)
- 10/13/2011: Planetary Science Division Overview given by Jim Green (PDF, 2.05 MB)
- 05/10/2011: Dr. Jim Adams Presentation to Planetary Protection Committee (PDF, 1.61 MB)
- 04/22/2011: Dr. Steve Squyres Presentation to NASA (PDF, 10.52 MB)
- 04/22/2011: Drs. Jim Green and Ron Greeley's Presentation to NASA (PDF, 1.47 MB)
- 04/18/2011: Dr. Jim Green's Presentation to PSS (PDF, 1.59 MB)
- 04/13/2011: Dr. Jim Green's Presentation in Chicago (PDF, 2.88 MB)
- 03/31/2011: Jim Adams' Presentation at NYC Town Hall (PDF, 1.87 MB)
- 03/25/2011: Dr. James Green's Presentation at UMD Town Hall (PDF, 1.21 MB)
- 03/17/2011: Dr. James Green's OPAG Presentation No. 1 (PDF, 2.19 MB)
- 03/17/2011: Dr. James Green's OPAG Presentation No. 2 (PDF, 1.76 MB)
- 03/16/2011: Dr. James Green's Presentation to the Planetary Science Subcommittee (PDF, 5.02 MB)
- 03/09/2011: Dr. James Green's NASA Night Presentation (PDF, 2.18 MB)
- 03/07/2011: Dr. James Green's Budget Presentation (PDF, 655 KB)
- 03/04/2011: NAC Science Committee presentation by Dr. James L. Green on FY12 President's Budget Request (PDF, 2.21 MB)
- Planetary Science Mission Events Handout (PDF, 283 KB)
- NASA Planetary Science: Current and Future Web URL Slides (PDF, 141 KB)
What is the Decadal Survey?
The National Research Council (NRC) conducts studies that provide a science community consensus on key questions posed by NASA and other U.S. Government agencies. The broadest of these studies in NASA's areas of research are decadal surveys. As the name implies, NASA and its partners ask the NRC once each decade to look out ten or more years into the future and prioritize research areas, observations, and notional missions to make those observations.
|STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS|
|Steven Squyres, Chair
Massachusetts Institute of
Technology Lincoln Laboratory
|Larry Soderblom, Vice Chair
U.S. Geological Survey
Lunar and Planetary Institute
|Wendy M. Calvin
University of Nevada, Reno
|Ralph L. McNutt, Jr.
Johns Hopkins University Applied
NASA Ames Research Center
|Harry Y. McSween, Jr.
University of Tennessee,
George Washington University
|George A. Paulikas
The Aerospace Corporation
|G. Scott Hubbard
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
|Margaret G. Kivelson
University of California, Los Angeles
California Institute of Technology
|B. Gentry Lee
NASA's Jet Propulsion
|A. Thomas Young
Lockheed Martin Corporation
|David H. Smith
Senior Program Assistant
Associate Program Officer