NASA Science and Technology Definition Teams for Venus mission architecture

Status Report From: NASA HQ
Posted: Friday, November 30, 2007


Dear Colleagues:

In response to recommendations from the NASA Advisory Council's Planetary Science Subcommittee and to findings from the Venus Exploration Analysis Group (VEXAG), during 2008 NASA will be conducting mission architecture studies for accomplishing Decadal Survey science objectives for Venus. NASA is forming a Science and Technology Definition Team (STDT) for Venus that will work directly with engineers and mission formulation experts. The combined team of scientists, engineers, and technologists will determine and prioritize science objectives, mission architectures, technical challenges, cost estimates, and other mission elements for Venus exploration .

NASA requests letters of interest from members of the science community who would like to participate on the Venus STDT. The Venus STDT will consist of approximately 12 members; Mark Bullock (SWRI) will serve as the chair of the Venus STDT. To indicate interest, send an email to Adriana Ocampo ( containing (a) a one page description of your areas of expertise and possible contribution to the STDT and (b) an abbreviated CV with emphasis on relevant experience. STDT members will be required to participate in regular teleconferences and conduct occasional travel for meetings including a kick off meeting in mid-January 2008. STDT members will be reimbursed for travel expenses. The Venus STDT will conclude its work by September 30, 2008.

Letters of interest must be received by email no later than December 15, 2007 (12:00 noon EST) to be considered.

For further information, please contact Dr. Adriana Ocampo, Planetary Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC 20546-0001; Telephone: (202) 358-2152; E-mail

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