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National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA Publication Collection is an archive of the most fascinating information one has ever discovered. The World Public Library NASA Collection contains reports, summaries, new releases, and publications about NASA's Solar System Missions, Deep Space Missions, Earth Observing Missions, Humans in Space, and Earth Observing Stations.

 
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Exploring Martian Impact Craters: Why They are Important for the S...

By: Schwenzer, S. P. ; Vaniman, D. T. ; Wiens, R. C. ; Wittmann, A; Abramov, O. ; Allen, C. C. ; Clifford, S. ; Filiberto, J. ; Kring, D. A. ; Lasue, J. ; McGovern, P. J. ; Newsom, H. E. ; Treiman, A. H.

Supplemental catalog subcollection information: NASA Publication Collection; Astrophysics and Technical Documents; Fluvial features and evidence for aqueous alteration indicate that Mars was wet, at least partially and/or periodically, in the Noachian. Al

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Why the Moon is Important for Solar System Science

By: Clive R. Neal

Description: This paper outlines the importance of the Moon for Solar System science and in its own right as a critical target for scientific investigation during the next decade of exploration.; Institution: University of Notre Dame; Inner Planets – Mercury Venus and the Moon.

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The Scientific Rationale for Robotic Exploration of Phobos and Deimos

By: Scott L. Murchie

Description: Mars' two moons Phobos and Deimos are D-type small bodies that may be remnants of the population that delivered volatiles to the inner solar system. A Discovery class mission can address key science questions at the moons and prepare for future human exploration.; Institution: JHU Applied Physics Laboratory; Primitive Bodies - Asteroids comets Phobos Deimos Pluto/Charon and other Kuiper belt objects meteorites and interplanetary dust.

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The Scientific Rationale for Renewed Human Exploration of the Moon

By: Ian Crawford

Description: This paper outlines the scientific benefits that will follow from renewed human exploration of the Moon; Institution: Birkbeck College London; Inner Planets - Mercury Venus and the Moon.

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Study of Planetary Systems and Solar System Objects with Jwst

By: George Sonneborn

Description: Determination of the physical and chemical properties of planetary systems is a key scientific goal of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). This white paper summarizes the mission’s capabilities in our solar system and extrasolar planetary systems.; Institution: Goddard Space Flight Center; Giant Planets - Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune and exoplanets including rings and magnetic fields but not their satellites. Satellites - Galilean satellites Titan and ...

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The Science of Titan and Its Future Exploration

By: Jonathan I Lunine

Description: This paper describes the science rationale for the next steps beyond Cassini-Huygens of exploration of Saturn's moon Titan.; Institution: The University of Arizona; Satellites - Galilean satellites Titan and the other satellites of the giant planets.

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Titan's Greenhouse Effect and Climate

By: Conor a Nixon

Description: Herein we examine the atmospheric parallels between the Earth and Titan including the possibility of dramatic climate change. In the next decade we urge extending the duration of the Cassini mission planning for a future mission focused on Titan’s climate and other measures.; Institution: University of Maryland; Satellites - Galilean satellites Titan and the other satellites of the giant planets.

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Titan Saturn System Mission

By: John Spencer

Description: Titan is a high priority for exploration, as recommended by NASA's 2006 Solar System Exploration (SSE) Roadmap (NASA 2006), NASA's 2003 National Research Council (NRC) Decadal Survey (NRC Space Studies Board 2003) and ESA's Cosmic Vision Program Themes. Recent revolutionary Cassini-Huygens discoveries have dramatically escalated interest in Titan as the next scientific target in the outer solar system. This study demonstrates that an exciting Titan Saturn Sy...

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Titan Lake Probe Concept Study

By: J. Hunter Waite

Description: This study focused on an in-situ examination of a hydrocarbon lake on the Saturnian moon Titan -- a target that presents unique scientific opportunities as well as several unique engineering challenges (e.g., submersion systems and cryogenic sampling) to enable those measurements. Per direction from the National Research Council (NRC) 2012SS Planetary Decadal Survey Satellites Panel, and after an initial trade-space examination, study architectures focused o...

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The Lunar Swirls

By: Georgiana Young Kramer

Description: The lunar swirls are high albedo curvilinear surface features coincident with regions of strong remanent magnetism. Investigating the lunar swirls is important to understand the Earth-Moon system the interaction of planetary surfaces with the solar wind and how to best explore our solar system.; Institution: Bear Fight Center; Inner Planets - Mercury Venus and the Moon.

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Small Fission Power System Feasibility Study

By: Lee Mason, (Study Lead), Sterling Bailey, Ryan Bechtel, John Elliott, Jean-Pierre Fleurial, Mike Houts, Rick Kapernick, Ron Lipinski, Duncan MacPherson, Tom Moreno, Bill Nesmith, Dave Poston, Lou Qualls, Ross Radel, Abraham Weitzberg, and Jim Werner

Description: In early March 2010, the Decadal Survey Giant Planets Panel (GPP) requested a short-turnaround study to evaluate the feasibility of a small fission power system (FPS) for future unspecified National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) science missions. FPS technology was considered a potential option for power levels that might not be achievable with radioisotope power systems. A study plan was generated, and a joint NASA/Department of Energy (DOE) s...

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Sociological Considerations for the Success of Planetary Explorati...

By: Janet a Vertesi

Description: Alongside scientific and technical considerations the Planetary Science Decadal Survey should require that missions incorporate deeper consideration of the social science of spacecraft operations to maximize their missions’ scientific technical and fiscal success.; Institution: University of California Irvine; None of the above.

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The Lunar Dusty Exosphere: the Extreme Case of an Inner Planetary ...

By: W. M. Farrell and M. Horanyi

Description: The Moon is an extreme type of atmosphere - a surface bounded exosphere - and may represent the final ‘ground state’ of any geologically dormant body. Neutral gas and dust are emitted from its surface via universal processes believed to be occurring at all near-airless bodies.; Institution: NASA/Goddard and Univ. of Colorado; Inner Planets - Mercury Venus and the Moon.

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Solar Radiation Output: Reading the Record of Lunar Rocks

By: Tore Straume

Description: Reconstructing solar energetic particle output by measuring signatures in lunar surface samples; Institution: NASA Ames Research Center; Inner Planets – Mercury Venus and the Moon.

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Trojan Tour Concept Study

By: Mike Brown

Description: The purpose of this study was to define a preferred concept approach along with the risk/cost trade space for a Trojan Tour Mission launched in the 2019-2023 time frame and targeted to be within the New Frontiers mission class envelope of less than $900M in FY15 dollars. The study was conducted by a team led by Mike Brown with members of the Primitive Bodies Panel working with the JHU/APL Space Department as the design center. NASA Glenn Research Center's CO...

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Saturn Atmospheric Entry Probe Mission Concept Study

By: Dr. Reta Beebe

Description: The science objectives of the Saturn Atmospheric Probe Mission Study are divided into two groups:Tier 1, the science floor objectives that would need to be addressed to make the mission worthwhile, and Tier 2, the next highest priority level, with objectives that prospective Principal Investigators could reasonably add, given sufficient resources. By request from the science team, this study addressed only the Tier 1 objectives: -Determine the noble gas abun...

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The Moon as a Test Body for General Relativity

By: Stephen M. Merkowitz

Description: This whitepaper describes how the next generation of lunar laser ranging addresses four key gravitational science questions. In addition we discuss the current state of retroreflector technology and describe ways in which further advances can be made in laser ranging technologies.; Institution: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Inner Planets - Mercury Venus and the Moon.

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Saturn Ring Observer Concept Study

By: Phil Nicholson, Matthew Tiscareno and Linda Spilker

Description: The Saturn Ring Observer (SRO) study was requested by the Giant Planets Panel of the 2012 Planetary Science Decadal Survey (PSDS). The panel specified two study objectives: -Investigate the method(s) by which a spacecraft might be placed in a tight circular orbit around Saturn, using chemical or nuclear-electric propulsion or aerocapture in Saturn's atmosphere. The critical issue is trajectory. -Identify technological developments for the next decade that wo...

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Prei-Biotic Atmospheric Chemistry on Titan

By: Roger Yelle

Description: Cassini measurements have revealed the existence of complex organic molecules in Titan's upper atmosphere with masses of hundreds of amu. Investigation of this phenomenon by future s/c missions will provide insight into pre-biotic chemistry.; Institution: University of Arizona; Satellites - Galilean satellites Titan and the other satellites of the giant planets.

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The Microstructure of the Martian Surface

By: Michael Hecht

Description: Martian soil is a microcosm of the mineralogical history of the planet, and it exerts a primary influence on atmospheric, geological, and periglacial properties. We propose an increased emphasis on microanalysis in future Mars surface exploration.; Institution: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

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