Edward C. Stone, California Institute of Technology

Harvey D. Tananbaum, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

J. Craig Wheeler, University of Texas, Austin

A. Thomas Young, Lockheed Martin Corporation (retired)

Joseph K. Alexander, Study Director

David H. Smith, Senior Program Officer

Claudette K. Baylor-Fleming, Administrative Assistant

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All terms ended during 2005.

SOLAR SYSTEM RADIATION ENVIRONMENT AND NASA’S VISION FOR SPACE EXPLORATION

CSSP chair Dan Baker and SSB staff officer Art Charo served on the organizing committee for a workshop held on October 16-20 in Wintergreen, Virginia, that brought together more than 100 members of the space science, planetary science, radiation physics, spaceflight operations, and exploration engineering communities. The goals of this Workshop on Solar System Radiation Environment and NASA’s Vision for Space Exploration were to:

  • Increase awareness and understanding of the complex array of solar and space physics issues pertinent to the environments of Earth, the Moon, and Mars;

  • Identify compelling research goals necessary to ensure the success of the Vision for Space Exploration in these environments; and

  • Discuss the directions that research in these fields should take over the coming decades in order to achieve those goals.

A particular emphasis of the workshop was on improving predictions of solar energetic particle storms, the solar eruptions that produce them, and the impact of solar storms on the Earth, Moon, and Mars environments. Members of CSSP were appointed to serve on an ad hoc committee to write a report summarizing workshop discussions on issues such as the current characterization of the heliospheric radiation environment, physical mechanisms of energetic particle acceleration and transport, radiation health hazards to astronauts, radiation effects on materials and spacecraft systems, and mitigation techniques and strategies, including forecasting and operational schemes. The anticipated release of the report is in summer 2006.

Membership

Daniel N. Baker, University of Colorado, Boulder (chair)

Leslie A. Braby, Texas A&M University-College Station

Stanley Curtis, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Jack R. Jokipii, University of Arizona

William S. Lewis, Southwest Research Institute

Jack Miller, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Walter Schimmerling, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Howard J. Singer, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Leonard Strachan, Jr., Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Lawrence W. Townsend, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Ronald E. Turner, ANSER (Analytic Services, Inc.)

Thomas H. Zurbuchen, University of Michigan

Dwayne Day, Study Director

Arthur Charo, Senior Program Officer

Celeste Naylor, Senior Program Assistant



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