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Suggested Citation:"Appendix." 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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Appendix

In preparing this report, the Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science has specifically considered the priority questions identified in Vision and Voyages.1Table A.1 identifies the priority questions potentially addressable by the missions already studied (see Table 1) and those that might be addressed by concepts suggested for study in this report (see Table 2).

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1 National Research Council, Vision and Voyages for Planetary Science in the Decade 2013-2022, The National Academies Press, Washington, D.C., 2011, p. 314.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix." 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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TABLE A.1 Priority Questions from Vision and Voyages and Planetary Missions: Completed Studies and Missions Suggested for Study

Crosscutting Themes Priority Questions Mission Studies Completed Missions Suggested for Study
Building New Worlds What were the initial stages, conditions and processes of solar system formation and the nature of the interstellar matter that was incorporated? n/a Dwarf Planets
Space Telescope
How did the giant planets and their satellite systems accrete, and is there evidence that they migrated to new orbital positions? Europa Lander
Ice Giants
Saturn System
Dwarf Planets
Space Telescope
What governed the accretion, supply of water, chemistry, and internal differentiation of the inner planets and the evolution of their atmospheres, and what roles did bombardment by large projectiles play? Venera-D Moon
Mars
Venus
Dwarf Planets
Space Telescope
Planetary Habitats What were the primordial sources of organic matter, and where does organic synthesis continue today? Europa Lander Mars
Dwarf Planets
Saturn System
Space Telescope
Did Mars or Venus host ancient aqueous environments conducive to early life, and is there evidence that life emerged? Venera-D Venus
Mars
Beyond Earth, are there modern habitats elsewhere in the solar system with necessary conditions, organic matter, water, energy, and nutrients to sustain life, and do organisms live there now? Mars Orbiter
Europa Lander
Mars
Saturn System
Workings of Solar Systems How do the giant planets serve as laboratories to understand Earth, the solar system and extrasolar planetary systems? Ice Giants Saturn System
Space Telescope
What solar system bodies endanger and what mechanisms shield Earth’s biosphere? n/a Moon
Space Telescope
Can understanding the roles of physics, chemistry, geology, and dynamics in driving planetary atmospheres lead to a better understanding of climate change on Earth? Venera-D
Mars Orbiter
Ice Giants
Venus
Mars
Saturn System
Space Telescope
How have the myriad chemical and physical processes that shaped the solar system operated, interacted, and evolved over time? Venera-D
Ice Giants
Venus
Moon
Mars
Dwarf Planets
Saturn System
Space Telescope
Suggested Citation:"Appendix." 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:"Appendix." 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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This study discusses the publicly available studies of future flagship- and New Frontiers-class missions NASA initiated since the completion of Vision and Voyages. The report considers the priority areas as defined in Vision and Voyages where publicly available mission studies have not been undertaken; appropriate mechanisms by which mission-study gaps might be filled in the near- to mid-term future; and other activities that might be undertaken in the near- to mid-term future to optimize and/or expedite the work of the next planetary science decadal survey committee.

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