Vijay Kumar, University of Pennsylvania

Forrest S. McCartney, U.S. Air Force (retired); Lockheed Martin Astronautics (retired)

Stephen M. Rock, Stanford University

Joseph H. Rothenberg, Universal Space Network

Joseph H. Taylor, Jr., Princeton University

Roger E. Tetrault, McDermott International, Inc. (retired)

Richard H. Truly, U.S. Navy (retired); National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Sandra J. Graham, Study Director, Space Studies Board

Celeste Naylor, Senior Program Assistant, Space Studies Board

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All terms ended in 2005.

ASTROBIOLOGY STRATEGY FOR THE EXPLORATION OF MARS

Advanced planning for the ad hoc Committee on the Astrobiology Strategy for the Exploration of Mars started at COEL’s October meeting, and the committee is awaiting final approval of membership appointments. The group will meet four times in 2006, with the first meeting planned for January 23-25, 2006, at the National Academies’ Beckman Center in Irvine, California.

Membership

Bruce M. Jakosky, University of Colorado, Boulder (chair)

Jan P. Amend, Washington University

William M. Berelson, University of Southern California

Ruth Blake, Yale University

Susan L. Brantley, Pennsylvania State University

Michael H. Carr, U.S. Geological Survey

James K. Fredrickson, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Anthony Keefe, Archemix Corporation

Martin Keller, Diversa Corporation

Harry Y. McSween, Jr., University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Kenneth H. Nealson, University of Southern California

Barbara Sherwood-Lollar, University of Toronto

Andrew Steele, Carnegie Institution of Washington

Roger Summons, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Meenakshi Wadhwa, The Field Museum of Natural History

David H. Smith, Study Director

Rodney N. Howard, Senior Program Assistant

ASTRONOMY SCIENCE CENTERS: AN ASSESSMENT OF BEST PRACTICES AND GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR THE FUTURE

The ad hoc Committee on Astronomy Science Centers (ASC) is reviewing lessons learned from experience with NASA’s ensemble of space astronomy science centers in order to recommend a set of guiding principles and best practices for consideration in making decisions about approaches to meeting the needs of the astronomy community with future science centers. During its first meeting, August 16-18 in Washington, D.C., the committee heard presentations from the Chandra, Spitzer, XMM, Rossi, and Michelson science centers, as well as from NASA representatives from the Universe Division. The committee was briefed on the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory science center, which operated during the Compton mission and was closed at the end of the mission. A representative from NASA Langley Research Center spoke to the committee about the approach to science centers taken by the Earth science community for the Earth Observing System Data and Information System.



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