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New Frontiers in the Solar System: An Integrated Exploration Strategy (2003)

Chapter: Part II: An Integrated Strategy for Solar System Exploration

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Suggested Citation:"Part II: An Integrated Strategy for Solar System Exploration." National Research Council. 2003. New Frontiers in the Solar System: An Integrated Exploration Strategy. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10432.
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Suggested Citation:"Part II: An Integrated Strategy for Solar System Exploration." National Research Council. 2003. New Frontiers in the Solar System: An Integrated Exploration Strategy. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10432.
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Part Two An Inlegraled Strategy for Solar System Exploration The ma~rial in Part One' together with eommuni~ input received in various forms, provides the basis for Me strategy for solar system exploration outlined in PA Two of this report. This broad strategy Caresses all aspects of He Solar System Exploration program: its motivations, its infrastructure' future md present missions, id relationship to over programs in NASA md elsewhere in government md supporting ground-based facilities. Chapter ~ Caresses the motivations for the programs briefly describes the strengths md weaknesses of important elements of Be programs infrastructure' md makes recommendations for Caressing He After. It makes clear why solar system exploration is ~ compelling activity today. Chapter 7 presents He result of He Solar System Exploration Surveys analysis of He mmy scientific questions raised in Part One md identifies 12 key scientific questions that the SSE Survey believes are most appropriate to Caress in the period 2003-2013. llelating these questions to Redid missions suggested to He Survey He scientific basis for He system of flight mission priorities md supporting ground-based priorities presented in Chapter 8. 151

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Solar system exploration is that grand human endeavor which reaches out through interplanetary space to discover the nature and origins of the system of planets in which we live and to learn whether life exists beyond Earth. It is an international enterprise involving scientists, engineers, managers, politicians, and others, sometimes working together and sometimes in competition, to open new frontiers of knowledge. It has a proud past, a productive present, and an auspicious future. This survey was requested by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to determine the contemporary nature of solar system exploration and why it remains a compelling activity today. A broad survey of the state of knowledge was requested. In addition NASA asked for the identifcation of the top-level scientific questions to guide its ongoing program and a prioritized list of the most promising avenues for flight investigations and supporting ground-based activities.

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