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MEPAG Science Goals Document
Mars Science Goals, Objectives, Investigations, and Priorities: (2010 Active Version) MEPAG Sept 2010  
Mars Science Goals, Objectives, Investigations, and Priorities: (2012 Version for Review) MEPAG Sept 2012  
- Version for the community to mark up with their comments
MEPAG Sept 2012  
- Version showing tracked changes from the previous (2010) Goal IV
MEPAG Sept 2012  
- Goal III revision for community comment
MEPAG Sept 2012  
         Archived Documents
Mars Science Goals, Objectives, Investigations, and Priorities: (2008 archive version) MEPAG Sept 2008  
DRAFT FOR COMMUNITY COMMENT: Goal #1 Revision MEPAG Mar 2010  
DRAFT FOR COMMUNITY COMMENT: Goal #4 Revision MEPAG Mar 2010  
Mars Scientific Goals, Objectives, Investigations, and Priorities (2005 archive version) MEPAG Aug 2005  
Mars Scientific Goals, Objectives, Investigations, and Priorities (2004 archive version) Taylor, et al. July 2004  
Mars Scientific Goals, Objectives, Investigations, and Priorities (2001 archive version) R. Greeley July 2001

MEPAG Topical Analysis Reports
     Presentations on the Special Regions SAG Report were presented at the 29th MEPAG meeting. Click here to view
The Official SR-SAG report has ben submitted for publication in Astrobiology.
- Summary of Findings
J. Rummel, D. Beaty, et al. Sept 12, 2014
- A New Analysis of Mars 'Special Regions': Findings of the Second MEPAG Special Regions Science Analysis Group (SR-SAG2)(Manuscript)
J. Rummel, D. Beaty, et al. Sept 12, 2014
- SR-SAG Tables
J. Rummel, D. Beaty, et al. Sept 12, 2014
- Figures
J. Rummel, D. Beaty, et al. Sept 12, 2014  
- SR-SAG References
J. Rummel, D. Beaty, et al. Sept 12, 2014
     Humans to the Martian System Summary of Strategic Knowledge Gaps P-SAG (jointly sponsored by MEPAG and SBAG) M. Carr, D. Beaty, et al. June 30, 2012  
- Final - Humans to the Martian System Summary of Strategic Knowledge Gaps P-SAG (jointly sponsored by MEPAG and SBAG)
M. Carr, D. Beaty, et al. June 30, 2012  
- Preliminary - Humans to the Martian System Preliminary Summary of Strategic Knowledge Gaps P-SAG (jointly sponsored by MEPAG and SBAG)
M. Carr, D. Beaty, et al. May 1, 2012  
- P-SAG Appendix II
M. Carr, D. Beaty, et al. May 31, 2012  
- P-SAG Measurement matrix
M. Carr, D. Beaty, et al. Expected July 2012
     Planning for Mars Returned Sample Science: Final report of the MSR End-to-End International Science Analysis Group (E2E-iSAG) S. McLennan, M. Sephton, et al. Nov 2011  
- Planning for Mars Returned Sample Science: Final report of the MSR End-to-End International Science Analysis Group (E2E-iSAG)
S. McLennan, M. Sephton, et al. Nov 2011  
- Appendix 5 to the report 'Planning for Mars Returned Sample Science: Final report of the MSR End-to-End International Science Analysis Group (E2E-iSAG)': Reference Landing Sites
S. McLennan, M. Sephton, et al. Mar 2008  
     Recipe for Success: Research and Technology Programs as Key Ingredients of the Mars Exploration Program V. Hamilton , et al. Jan 2011  
     Reports from 2006 - 2010
         Two rovers to the same site on Mars, 2018: Possibilities for Cooperative Science John Grant, Frances Westall et al. July 2010  
Mars Network Science Analysis Group (NetSAG) Final Report B. Banerdt, et al Mar 2010  
Mars Astrobiology Explorer-Cacher (MAX-C): A Potential Rover Mission for 2018 L. Pratt, et al. Nov 2009   
Science Priorities for Mars Sample Return (Report of ND-SAG) Borg, Des Marais, et al. Mar 2008   
- Science Priorities for Mars Sample Return - White Paper
Borg, Des Marais, et al. Mar 2008  
- Science Priorities for Mars Sample Return - Appendix II
Borg, Des Marais, et al. Mar 2008  
- Science Priorities for Mars Sample Return - Appendix III
G. MacPherson, et al. Feb 2005  
Mars Strategic Science Assessment Group (Report of MSS-SAG) S. Murchie, et. al. Feb 2008
DRAFT: Planning for the Scientific Exploration of Mars by Humans (Report of HEM-SAG) J.B. Garvin, J.S. Levine, et al. Feb 2008
Report of the joint NAI / MEPAG Mars Science Laboratory Caching Working Group A. Steele et al. Feb 2008
Report from the 2013 Mars Science Orbiter (MSO) Second Science Analysis Group W. Calvin, et al. May 2007   
DRAFT - Findings of the Mars Forward Lunar Objectives Science Analysis Group D. Beaty, et al. Sept 2006  
Findings of the Astrobiology Field Lab Science Steering Group (AFLSSG) A. Steele et al. Sept 2006   
Findings of the Mars Special Regions Science Analysis Group (Report of SR-SAG) D. Beaty, et al. July 2006   
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Mars Science Orbiter (MSO) SAG Report B. Farmer, et al. July 2006
Science Analysis of the November 3, 2005 Version of the Draft Mars Exploration Program Plan R. Arvidson, , et al. Jan 2006
     Reports from 2001 - 2005
         Report of the MEPAG Mars Human Precursor Science Steering Group Technology Demonstration and Infrastructure Emplacement (TI) Sub-Group Hinners, et al. July 2005  
An Analysis of the Precursor Measurements of Mars Needed to Reduce the Risk of the First Human Mission to Mars Beaty, et al. June 2005  
Science Priorities Related to the Organic Contamination of Martian Landers Mahaffy, et al. Nov 2004   
Findings of the Moon-Mars Science Linkage Science Steering Group C. Shearer, et al. Oct 2004   
Groundbreaking MSR: Science Requirements for a Fist Mars Surface-Sample Return Mission G. MacPherson et al. Oct 2002  
Pathways SSG Report: Investigation-driven science pathways for Mars exploration (New Document) MEPAG 2002-2003
Pathways SSG Report: Investigation-driven science pathways for Mars exploration (Old Document) MEPAG Sept 2002  
The First Returned Martian Samples: Science Opportunities G. MacPherson et al. July 2001

Working Group and SMD Reports
     Mars Exploration Program Planning Documents
         Report of the Mars 2020 Science Definition Team J. Mustartd et al. July 2013  
- Final Report of the Mars 2020 Science Definition Team
J. Mustard, et al.. July 2013  
- Appendices to the Report of the Mars 2020 Science Definition Team
J. Mustard, et al. July 2013  
- Report of the 2020 Rover SDT
J. Mustard, et al. July 2013  
Report of the 2018 Joint Mars Rover Mission Joint Science Working Group (JSWG) D. Beaty, et al. Mar 2012   
Mars Science Orbiter (MSO) Science Definition Team (SDT) Update Report M. Smith et al. Mar 2009  
Science Perspectives for Candidate Mars Mission Architectures for 2016-2026 P. Christensen Mar 2009  
Analysis of arguments for and against removing the sample cache hardware from MSL McLennan et al Oct 2008
Science Perspectives for Candidate Mars Mission Architectures 2016-2026 (MATT-2) Christensen, et al.. June 2008
Mars Architecture Tiger Team Results (MATT-1) Christensen, et al. Feb 2008
Report of the NASA Science Definition Team for the Mars Science Orbiter (MSO) M. Smith, et al. Feb 2008   
Update to the Robotic Mars Exploration Strategy 2007-2016 (MAPG) D. Beaty, et al. Nov 2006  
Robotic Mars Exploration Strategy 2007-2016 (MAPG) D. McCleese, et al. Mar 2006
GTC White Paper - Growing and Strengthening the Mars Science Community D. Beaty, et al. Apr 2004  
Mars Exploration Strategy (MSPSG) D. McCleese, et al. Mar 2004
MSL Project Science Integration Group Final Report PSIG. May 2003  
Mars Preliminary Exploration Options MSPSG. Apr 2003  
The Search for Evidence of Life on Mars D. McCleese July 2001
     Science Mission Directorate Documents
         Scientific requirements for a possible Mars Science Laboratory sample cache C. McKay, et al. Sept 2007
     International Mars Exploration Working Group (IMEWG)
         Report of the International Mars Architecture for the Return of Samples (iMARS) Working Group D. Beaty, et al. July 2008  

2013 - 2023 Decadal Survey

This site contains descriptions and links to the current activities by the MEPAG and the associated Mars community in support of the Planetary Decadal Survey (http://sites.nationalacademies.org/SSB/CurrentProjects/ssb_052412).

Mars Panel Meeting Dates (Committee Membership)

Meeting 1, 9-11 September, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.
Meeting 2, 4-6 November, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California (Agenda)

Apr 14, 2009 To the Mars Community  
June 4, 2009 Decadal Survey Meeting dates from David Smith  
Sept 3, 2009 Agenda for the 9-11 September meeting of the Mars Panel of the Planetary Science Decadal Survey  
     MEPAG White Papers
Title/comments Mars Panel Presentation Final Report Supporting Documents
Summary of the Mars Science Goals, Objectives, Investigations, and Priorities      
Why Mars Remains a Compelling Target for Planetary Exploration      
Seeking Signs of Life on a Terrestrial Planet:  An Integrated Strategy for the Next Decade of Mars Exploration    
MARS TRACE GAS MISSION:  Scientific Goals and Measurement Objectives       
Strategic Technology Development for Future Mars Missions (2013-2022)  
Mars Astrobiology Explorer-Cacher (MAX-C):  A Potential Rover Mission for 2018    
The Rationale for a Long-lived Geophysical Network Mission to Mars    
Relay Orbiters for Enhancing and Enabling Mars In Situ Exploration  
A Consensus Vision for Mars Sample Return  

Compiled Bibliographic Citations and Acronym Glossary for the Mars-Related White Papers Submitted to the NRC’s Planetary Decadal Survey  (Doc  PDF)

     Topical White Papers

The NRC is also interested in input on topical science areas. Self-organized science teams are welcome to provide input related to the current state of knowledge (NRC’s task #2), scientific questions (NRC’s task #3), and the science goals achievable by small spacecraft (NRC’s task #8), and anything else within the decadal survey’s charter.

To encourage and coordinate inputs, MEPAG is providing a place for the community to post their efforts. Please keep us informed if you are currently (or plan to) organize a white paper team and we can add it to the list if you desire.

Title/comments Contact Final Report List of Signatories List of References
The ionosphere of Mars and its importance for climate evolution Paul Withers (withers@bu.edu)    
Astrobiology (to be coordinated by NAI) Jack Farmer (jfarmer@asu.edu)  
Next Steps in Mars Polar Science:

In Situ Subsurface Exploration of the North Polar Layered Deposits
Mike Hecht (Michael.H.Hecht@jpl.nasa.gov)  
Atmospheric Science Research Priorities for Mars Michael Mischna (Michael.A.Mischna@jpl.nasa.gov)      
Future Mars Landing Site Selection Activities Matt Golombek (matthew.p.golombek@jpl.nasa.gov)

John Grant (grantj@si.edu)
   
Mars' Ancient Dynamo and Crustal Remanent Magnetism Rob Lillis (rlillis@ssl.berkeley.edu)  
In-situ geochronology Pan Conrad (Pamela.G.Conrad@jpl.nasa.gov)  
The Value of Landed Meteorological Investigations on Mars:  The Next Advance for Climate Science Scot Rafkin [rafkin@boulder.swri.edu]    
Dual Satellite Mars Chemistry and Climate Mission Concepts E. Robert Kursinski [kursinski@atmo.arizona.edu]    
The importance of (Noachian) impact craters as windows to the subsurface and as potential hosts of life Susanne Schwenzer [Schwenzer@lpi.usra.edu]  
Mars Polar Energy Balance Science for the Next Decade Timothy N Titus [ttitus@usgs.gov]  
Is a Resource-Mars a Stepping Stone to Human Exploration of the Solar System? Michael Max [michaelmax1@mac.com]  
Seismological investigations of Mars' deep interior Thomas Ruedas [ruedas@dtm.ciw.edu]  
Exploring the Shallow Subsurface of Mars with Imaging Radar:  Scientific Promise and Technical Rationale Bruce A. Campbell [campbellb@si.edu]  
Are There Signs of Life on Mars? A Scientific Rationale for a Mars Sample-Return Campaign

As The Next Step in Solar System Exploration
   
Seeking Signs of Life on Mars:  In Situ Investigations as Prerequisites to Sample Return Missions  
The microstructure of the martian surface  





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