Events of Interest: Week of September 24-29, 2012
The following events may be of interest in the coming week. Congress has left town until after the elections.
During the Week
Among the interesting events this week is the release of the results of NASA's Mars Program Planning Group (MPPG) led by Orlando Figueroa. NASA set up the MPPG earlier this year after budget constraints led it to terminate a cooperative Mars exploration program with the European Space Agency (ESA). MPPG's task is to develop "foundations for a program-level architecture for robotic exploration of Mars that is consistent with the President's challenge of sending humans to Mars in the decade of the 2030s, yet remain responsive to the primary scientific goals of the 2011 NRC Decadal Survey for Planetary Science." Figueroa is scheduled to brief the NRC's Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science (CAPS) on Tuesday at 10:15 am PT (1:15 pm ET) at the NRC's Beckman Center in Irvine, CA. The meeting will be webcast and there are several other very interesting presentations on both Monday and Tuesday.
Also of particular note this week are --
Here's the complete list of events for the coming week.
Monday, September 24
Monday-Tuesday, September 24-25
Tuesday, September 25
Wednesday, September 26
Thursday-Saturday, September 27-29
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