1. Lia LaPiana
Exoplanet Exploration Program Executive
Science Mission Directorate
April 21, 2009
2. 2 Astrophysics Division Missions
3. 3 Kepler Launches - March 6, 2009
4. 4 Kepler First light: 100 square degrees Field of View
5. 5 SMALL REGIONS OF THE FULL FIELD OF VIEW
6. 6 FY2009 Enacted Budget
8. 8 Supporting Research & Technology (SR&T) - focuses on TRLs 1-3
9. 9 SMEX Selections Six Small Explorer (SMEX) investigations submitted Phase A concept studies, announced on December 16, 2008.
Joint Astrophysics Nascent Universe Satellite (JANUS) PI: Peter W.A. Roming, Pennsylvania State University
Gravity and Extreme Magnetism SMEX (GEMS) PI: Jean H. Swank, Goddard Space Flight Center
Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) PI: George R. Ricker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Coronal Physics Explorer (CPEX) PI: Dennis G. Socker, Naval Research Laboratory
Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) PI: Alan M. Title, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co
Neutral Ion Coupling Explorer (NICE) PI: Stephen B. Mende, University of California, Berkeley
Two Mission of Opportunity investigations selected for Phase A concept studies, announced on June 20, 2008.
High-Resolution Soft X-Ray Spectrometer (SXS) for NEXT PI: Richard L. Kelley, Goddard Space Flight Center
Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) PI: Richard Eastes, University of Central Florida
10. 10 Selected Proposals: Next Steps
11. 11 The Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG)
12. 12 What is the ExoPAG? The ExoPAG is designed be an open, community-based forum for soliciting and coordinating community input into the development and execution of NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP).
To carry out its role, the ExoPAG will:
Articulate the key scientific drivers for exoplanet research;
Evaluate the expected capabilities of potential exoplanet missions for achieving the science goals of the program;
Regularly evaluate the ExEP goals, objectives, investigations, and required measurements on the basis of the widest possible community outreach;
Articulate focus areas needed for mission technologies; and
Identify related activities that enhance the ExEP mission portfolio such as ground-based observing, theory, and modeling programs, and community engagement.
13. 13 How ExoPAG relates to the NASA advisory structure?
14. 14 Structure and function of the ExoPAG:
Chair appointed from Astrophysics Subcommittee membership (J. Kasting);
Chair supported by Executive Secretary (HQ ExEP PS, D. Hudgins) and Executive Committee;
nominations solicited through open “Dear Colleague” letter to community
members serve rolling 3-year terms
constituted to achieve functional balance between observers, theorists, and technologists, as well as scientific balance across fields of astrophysics, (exo)planetary science, and astrobiology;
Meetings held as needed with schedule set by Chair in consultation with Executive Committee;
Tasking NAC Science Committee, or Astrophysics Subcommittee
Results of ExoPAG meetings and analyses reported to the Astrophysics Subcommittee
15. 15 Why Do We Need the ExoPAG? Exoplanet exploration is a highly dynamic field; knowledge and capabilities are advancing on yearly basis. Regular community input necessary for planning and prioritizing activities, and for adapting to future developments in the field.
The ExoPAG will provide tactical advice through the NAC to help the agency implement an Exoplanet Exploration Program. It will not provide strategic advice, which will be provided through the 2010 Decadal.
For example: the ExoPAG may be tasked to analyze the near-term scientific and technical requirements for a possible medium-class exoplanet mission launching in the middle of next decade given the current Astrophysics Division budget.