6:21 AM I'm headed to DC for a meeting of the Inner Planets panel of the Decadal Survey. Hoping to twitter it! Stay tuned.
1:16 PM kicking off the closed session with boring but necessary logistics. http://bit.ly/QPq6U
1:24 PM I wonder how many mission statements you can sing to the tune of the Preamble to the Constitution. Well, at least one, the NAS.
1:30 PM the National Academy of Science started around he civil war; early studies included "how to keep soldiers from drinking too much whiskey"
1:37 PM in order of descending age: National Academy of Sciences > smackwell > Space Studies Board > NASA > me
2:27 PM bias and conflict of interest, or, True Confessions, Science Edition.
2:44 PM wow, what an impressive group of people assembled in this room. http://bit.ly/4iFWMO
3:52 PM open session (Ellen says, "truly open") beginning now. live webcast at https://admin.acrobat.com/_a825035659/psdecadal/
4:14 PM Only planetary bodies without current or planned missions: Uranus and Neptune. Good time to be a planetary scientist!
4:35 PM Discovery draft AO is signed and expected by FY09; AO by CY09; cost cap $425M excluding LV and ASRG provided as GFE. LOL and BYOB.
4:53 PM How is community input is shaping up for lunar science in white papers for the Decadal Survey? http://www.lpi.usra.edu/decadal/leag/
5:31 PM was the last decadal survey *too* detailed in specifying what missions were expected to accomplish? or does detail help scope the issues?
5:46 PM open session is over. we're breaking before a working dinner. predinner: small group to get the creative juices flowing ;)
8:07 AM ILN is first on the agenda today; nerves starting to set in.
8:09 AM Inner Planets webcast and telecon number are listed on our agenda: http://bit.ly/QPq6U
10:08 AM Sean Solomon is talking about Mercury now. Mercury is cool (hot). Also Sean is wearing an excellent abstract-modern-planetary tie.
10:21 AM Great acronym for a Mercury mission: WGBMWGMWDPD! (We're Going Back to Mercury and We're Going to Map the Whole Damn Planet Dammit!)
10:34 AM huh, Mercury's spectra are pretty flat - not much ability to pull out mineralogy.
10:40 AM Post-MESSENGER, Bepi-Columbo ESA/JAXA mission with dual coplanar orbiters to Mercury in 2014. What should be next? Landers or sample return?
11:35 AM ahhhh, for days spent lounging by warm salty oceans on Venus.
1:04 PM 2 really awesome lunch discussions with 2 of my science idols, wow, I am lucky to be here.
1:08 PM Sue Smrekar: Venus challenges our ideas of how a terrestrial planet "should" work.
1:54 PM Jim Head on future science for Moon & Mars: the future is not in plastics, but plasticity - that is, adaptability and opportunity
2:22 PM Did Carl Sagan really call the Moon a burned-out cinder? Wow. That's harsh.
2:37 PM Venus: Earth's twin? Earth's sister? Earth's future self? Some other relation?
2:42 PM Jim Head: Could global resurfacing (Venus) happen here? If I were in charge of Earth, I'd worry about it; fortunately for everyone I'm not.
3:34 PM For the rest of the afternoon, we'll be talking about JPL, APL, and GSFC support for mission studies we'll be exploring.
4:14 PM I have a new role model: Ellen Stofan. She's brilliant, organized, and wears pink.
4:36 PM GSFC on LRO: "Even though this mission went to the Moon, it really was very much like a planetary mission"
5:18 PM thank you thank you thank you GSFC and APL presenters for making up schedule time.
8:15 AM Inner Planets starting in 15 minutes; join us using info here http://bit.ly/QPq6U
8:17 AM Sample Return: Part of a balanced and nutritious planetary mission portfolio
8:44 AM Sample return missions include more than just the mission itself - curation and laboratory facilities are crucial (but legacy)
8:55 AM atmospheric sample return from Venus?
9:39 AM lunar meteorites = poor man's sample return mission
10:12 AM Closed session until lunch - discussing all the work we have in front of us!
10:25 AM Everyone should be writing or endorsing White Papers - it's your way of letting us know what's important to you!! http://tiny.cc/ID2Ch
11:37 AM How well did NASA follow the recommendations of the last Planetary Decadal Survey? http://bit.ly/8dFlh
12:59 PM White papers *must* be submitted via the SSB web page by September 15! http://www7.nationalacademies.org/ssb/SSEdecadal2011.html
3:27 PM this afternoon: DCA-PHX, shuttle to Flagstaff. Tomorrow I join @DESERT_RATS; *so* psyched!