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NASA to Brief NRC on Its New Mars Plan Next Week

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 20-Sep-2012
Updated: 20-Sep-2012 02:34 PM

Orlando Figueroa will brief the National Research Council's Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science (CAPS) next week on the results of his Mars Program Planning Group (MPPG) effort. 

MPPG was established earlier this year in the wake of budget cutbacks that caused NASA to withdraw from planned Mars cooperation with the European Space Agency.  Its 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 orbit in the decade of the 2030's, yet remain responsive to the primary scientific goals" of the most recent NRC Decadal Survey for planetary science.

Figueroa is scheduled to brief the committee on Tuesday at 10:15 am PT (1:15 pm ET) at the NRC's Beckman Center in Irvine, CA.   The NRC plans to webcast the meeting.

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