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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Report Series: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science: Getting Ready for the Next Planetary Science Decadal Survey. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24843.
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Getting Ready for the
Next Planetary Science
Decadal Survey

Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science

Space Studies Board

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Report Series: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science: Getting Ready for the Next Planetary Science Decadal Survey. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24843.
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Suggested citation: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Report Series—Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science: Getting Ready for the Next Planetary Sciences Decadal Survey. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/24843.

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Report Series: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science: Getting Ready for the Next Planetary Science Decadal Survey. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24843.
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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Report Series: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science: Getting Ready for the Next Planetary Science Decadal Survey. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24843.
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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Report Series: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science: Getting Ready for the Next Planetary Science Decadal Survey. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24843.
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COMMITTEE ON ASTROBIOLOGY AND PLANETARY SCIENCE

CHRISTOPHER H. HOUSE, Pennsylvania State University, Co-Chair

WILLIAM B. MCKINNON, Washington University in St. Louis, Co-Chair

ERIK ASPHAUG, Arizona State University

SUSHIL K. ATREYA, University of Michigan

RONALD BREAKER, NAS,1 Yale University

JOHN CLARKE, Boston University

BETHANY L. EHLMANN, California Institute of Technology

ALEXANDER G. HAYES, Cornell University

SARAH M. HORST, Johns Hopkins University

JAMES F. KASTING, Pennsylvania State University

EDWIN S. KITE, University of Chicago

ALYSSA RHODEN, Arizona State University

NITA SAHAI, University of Akron

MARK P. SAUNDERS, Independent Consultant

DAVID J. STEVENSON, NAS, California Institute of Technology

SARAH T. STEWART, University of California, Davis

Staff: DAVID H. SMITH, Senior Program Officer, Space Studies Board; MIA BROWN, Research Associate, Space Studies Board; ANDREA REBHOLZ, Program Coordinator, Space Studies Board; MICHAEL H. MOLONEY, Director, Space Studies Board and Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board

SPACE STUDIES BOARD

FIONA HARRISON, NAS, California Institute of Technology, Chair

ROBERT D. BRAUN, NAE,2 University of Colorado, Boulder, Vice Chair

DAVID N. SPERGEL, NAS, Princeton University and Center for Computational Astrophysics at the Simons Foundation, Vice Chair

JAMES G. ANDERSON, NAS, Harvard University

JEFF M. BINGHAM, Consultant

JAY C. BUCKEY, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College

MARY LYNNE DITTMAR, Dittmar Associates

JOSEPH FULLER, JR., Futron Corporation

THOMAS R. GAVIN, California Institute of Technology

SARAH GIBSON, National Center for Atmospheric Research

WESLEY T. HUNTRESS, Carnegie Institution of Washington

ANTHONY C. JANETOS, Boston University

CHRYSSA KOUVELIOTOU, NAS, George Washington University

DENNIS P. LETTENMAIER, NAE, University of California, Los Angeles

ROSALY M. LOPES, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

DAVID J. MCCOMAS, Princeton University

LARRY PAXTON, Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory

SAUL PERLMUTTER, NAS, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

ELIOT QUATAERT, University of California, Berkeley

BARBARA SHERWOOD LOLLAR, University of Toronto

HARLAN E. SPENCE, University of New Hampshire

MARK H. THIEMENS, NAS, University of California, San Diego

MEENAKSHI WADHWA, Arizona State University

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1 National Academy of Sciences.

2 National Academy of Engineering.

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Report Series: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science: Getting Ready for the Next Planetary Science Decadal Survey. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24843.
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ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF REVIEWERS

This Consensus Study Report was reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in making each published report as sound as possible and to ensure that it meets the institutional standards for quality, objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process.

We thank the following individuals for their review of this report:

Reta F. Beebe, New Mexico State University,

Andrew F. Cheng, Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory,

James R. Fienup, NAE,1 University of Rochester,

Jonathan I. Lunine, NAS,2 Cornell University,

Laurence A. Soderblom, U.S. Geological Survey (retired),

Meenakshi Wadhwa, Arizona State University, and

A. Thomas Young, NAE, Lockheed Martin Corporation (retired).

Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations of this report nor did they see the final draft before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Louis J. Lanzerotti, NAE, New Jersey Institute of Technology. He was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with the standards of the National Academies and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content rests entirely with the authoring committee and the National Academies.

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1 National Academy of Engineering.

2 National Academy of Sciences.

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