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National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA Publication Collection is an archive of the most fascinating information one has ever discovered. The World Public Library NASA Collection contains reports, summaries, new releases, and publications about NASA's Solar System Missions, Deep Space Missions, Earth Observing Missions, Humans in Space, and Earth Observing Stations.

 
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The Scientific Rationale for Renewed Human Exploration of the Moon

By: Ian Crawford

Description: This paper outlines the scientific benefits that will follow from renewed human exploration of the Moon. [Final version with updated author list]; Institution: Birkbeck College London; Mars – Not Phobos and Deimos.

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Onboard Science Data Analysis: Implications for Future Missions

By: David R. Thompson

Description: Onboard science data analysis enables new spacecraft operational modes that improve science yield. It can relieve constraints on time bandwidth and power and respond automatically to events on short time scales. We examine applications to rover aerobot and orbital platforms.; Institution: Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology; Inner Planets – Mercury Venus and the Moon. Mars – Not Phobos and Deimos. Giant Planets – Jupiter Saturn...

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Sample Return from the Earth's Moon

By: Allan Treiman

Description: This white paper makes the case that sample return from selected locations on the Moon in the coming decade will provide extraordinary advances in lunar and Solar System science.; Institution: Lunar and Planetary Institute; Inner Planets – Mercury Venus and the Moon.

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The Lunar Exploration Roadmap. Exploring the Moon in the 21St Cent...

By: Clive R. Neal

Description: This paper summarizes the long term Lunar Exploration Roadmap that has been developed by the lunar community and coordinated by the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group.; Institution: University of Notre Dame; Inner Planets – Mercury Venus and the Moon.

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The Case for Enceladus Science

By: Terry Hurford

Description: In this white paper, we will outline important science questions regarding Enceladus and show the link between these science questions and major themes of exploration as identified by NASA.; Institution: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center; Inner Planets – Mercury Venus and the Moon.

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The Case for an Enceladus New Frontiers Mission

By: Terry A. Hurford

Description: In this white paper, we will summarize one possible mission concept to explore Enceladus within a New Frontiers-level mission.; Institution: NASA GSFC; Satellites – Galilean satellites, Titan, and the other satellites of the giant planets.

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The Case for Ceres: Report to the Planetary Science Decadal Survey...

By: Andrew S. Rivkin

Description: We present recent findings about Ceres stressing its unique nature. Outstanding remaining science questions are discussed along with recommendations for the next steps in Ceres research in the Dawn and post-Dawn era.; Institution: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory; Primitive Bodies - Asteroids comets Phobos Deimos Pluto/Charon and other Kuiper belt objects meteorites and interplanetary dust.

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Sampling the Age Extremes of Lunar Volcanism: the Youngest and Old...

By: Samuel J. Lawrence

Description: Automated sample return missions to the youngest (Procellarum) and oldest (cryptomaria) basalts on the lunar surface will help improve our absolute chronology for the inner Solar System by providing the timing for the beginning and end of lunar basaltic volcanism.; Institution: Arizona State University

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Uranus and Neptune Orbiter and Probe Concept Studies

By: William B. Hubbard

Description: The purpose of this study was to define a preferred concept approach along with the risk/cost trade space for a Uranus or Neptune Mission launched in the 2020-2023 time frame and within a cost range of $1.5B-$1.9B in FY15$. The study was conducted by a team led by William Hubbard with members of both the Giant Planets and Satellites Panels working with the JHU/APL Space Department as the design center. NASA Glenn Research Center's COMPASS team made significa...

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Unexplored Areas of the Moon: Nonmare Domes

By: Sarah E Braden

Description: Analysis of samples returned from unexplored areas of lunar volcanism such as the Gruithuisen Domes will (1) increase our knowledge of the history of the Earth-Moon system, (2) advance theories of lunar magmatic evolution and (3) provide valuable points of comparison with other terrestrial planets. ; Institution: Arizona State University

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Titan's Greenhouse Effect and Climate

By: Conor a Nixon

Description: Herein we examine the atmospheric parallels between the Earth and Titan including the possibility of dramatic climate change. In the next decade, we urge extending the duration of the Cassini mission, planning for a future mission focused on Titan’s climate and other measures. ; Institution: University of Maryland; Inner Planets – Mercury Venus and the Moon. Mars – Not Phobos and Deimos. Giant Planets – Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune and exoplanets including ...

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Thermal Protection System Technologies for Enabling Future Venus E...

By: Ethiraj Venkatapathy

Description: This paper discusses the capability of currently available TPS and the availability of heritage carbon phenolic used on the Pioneer-Venus probes. A prime conclusion is that there are important issues regarding the availability of the TPS required for future Venus entry probes. ; Institution: NASA Ames Research Center; Inner Planets - Mercury Venus and the Moon.

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Thermal Protection System Technologies for Enabling Future Outer P...

By: Ethiraj Venkatapathy

Description: This paper discusses the capability of heritage TPS technology used on the Galileo probe and new materials required for future outer planet probe missions. A prime conclusion is that there are important issues regarding the availability of the TPS required for Outer Planet entry probes. ; Institution: NASA Ames Research Center; Giant Planets - Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune and exoplanets including rings and magnetic fields but not their satellites.

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The Importance of (Noachian) Impact Craters as Windows to the Sub-...

By: Susanne P. Schwenzer

Description: The paper demonstrated the research that can be done in small craters punctuating larger Noachian craters. Topics include: small craters as natural drills, impact-generated hydrothermal systems and lakes in Noachian craters, and the ecological niches created by them. ; Institution: Lunar and Planetary Institute; Inner Planets – Mercury Venus and the Moon. Mars – Not Phobos and Deimos. Giant Planets – Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune and exoplanets including rin...

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Planetary Radio Science: Investigations of Interiors, Surfaces, At...

By: Sami W. Asmar

Description: Scientists utilize radio links between spacecraft and Earth or between spacecraft to examine changes in the phase/frequency and amplitude of radio signals to investigate atmospheres and ionospheres rings surfaces shapes gravitational fields and dynamics of solar system bodies. ; Institution: Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology; Inner Planets – Mercury Venus and the Moon. Mars – Not Phobos and Deimos. Giant Planets – Jupiter Saturn Ur...

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Mercury Lander Mission Concept Study

By: Steven A. Hauck, Ii, Douglas A. Eng and George J. Tahu

Description: The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of a landed mission to Mercury. It was conducted by the JHU/APL Space Department in partnership with Marshall Space Flight Center, Glen Research Center, and Steven Hauck from Case Western Reserve University. This was conducted as a concept maturity level (CML) 3 study focusing on feasibility trades and options for concepts with a goal of determining whether such a mission could be accomplished within...

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Is a Resource-Mars a Stepping-Stone to Human Exploration of the So...

By: Michael D Max

Description: Methane and water on Mars are the key to a resource base to support sustainable exploration of Mars and beyond; Institution: MDS Research LLC; Mars - Not Phobos and Deimos.

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Mars' Ancient Dynamo and Crustal Remanent Magnetism

By: Robert J. Lillis

Description: Mars' crustal magnetization is unique and enigmatic. It is pertinent to Mars science questions as diverse as the structure of the interior and the evolution of climate. To study it we recommend 1) extending the MAVEN mission 2) rover-mounted surface magnetometers and 3) oriented sample return. ; Institution: University of California Berkeley; Mars - Not Phobos and Deimos.

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Small Bodies Community White Paper: Interplanetary Dust

By: Ashley Espy and Amara Graps

Description: 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. ; Institution: University of Florida Southwest Research Institute; Primitive Bodies - Asteroids comets Phobos Deimos Pluto/Charon and other Kuiper belt objects meteorites and interplanetary dust.

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Recommended Laboratory Studies in Support of Planetary Science

By: J.B. Dalton

Description: Planetary science in the next decade will include major spacecraft missions to inner and outer solar system targets. Interpretation of these mission observations requires knowledge of fundamental physical and chemical properties of planetary materials. Much theoretical work at present depends upon r; Institution: Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Inner Planets – Mercury Venus and the Moon. Mars – Not Phobos and Deimos. Giant Planets – Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune ...

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