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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Report Series: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science: Options for the Fifth New Frontiers Announcement of Opportunity. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25868.
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Report Series - Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science

Options for the Fifth New Frontiers
Announcement of Opportunity

Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science

Space Studies Board

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Report Series: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science: Options for the Fifth New Frontiers Announcement of Opportunity. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25868.
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Suggested citation: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Report Series—Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science: Options for the Fifth New Frontiers Announcement of Opportunity. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/25868.

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Report Series: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science: Options for the Fifth New Frontiers Announcement of Opportunity. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25868.
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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Report Series: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science: Options for the Fifth New Frontiers Announcement of Opportunity. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25868.
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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Report Series: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science: Options for the Fifth New Frontiers Announcement of Opportunity. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25868.
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COMMITTEE ON ASTROBIOLOGY AND PLANETARY SCIENCE

CHRISTOPHER H. HOUSE, Pennsylvania State University, Co-Chair

WILLIAM B. MCKINNON, Washington University, St. Louis, Co-Chair

ERIK ASPHAUG, University of Arizona

RONALD BREAKER, NAS,1 Yale University

BETHANY L. EHLMANN, California Institute of Technology

KATHERINE H. FREEMAN, NAS, Pennsylvania State University

ALEXANDER G. HAYES, Cornell University

SARAH M. HORST, Johns Hopkins University

JAMES F. KASTING, NAS, Pennsylvania State University

EDWIN S. KITE, University of Chicago

MELISSA MCGRATH, SETI Institute

CLIVE R. NEAL,2 University of Notre Dame

NITA SAHAI, University of Akron

MARK P. SAUNDERS, Independent Consultant

DAVID J. STEVENSON, NAS, California Institute of Technology

Staff: DAVID H. SMITH, Senior Program Officer; MIA BROWN, Research Associate; MEGAN CHAMBERLAIN, Senior Program Assistant; COLLEEN HARTMAN, Director, Space Studies Board and Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board

SPACE STUDIES BOARD

MARGARET G. KIVELSON, NAS, University of California, Los Angeles, Chair

JAMES H. CROCKER, NAE,3 Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (retired), Vice Chair

GREGORY P. ASNER, NAS, Carnegie Institution for Science

JEFF M. BINGHAM, U.S. Senate (retired)

ADAM BURROWS, NAS, Princeton University

MARY LYNNE DITTMAR, Coalition for Deep Space Exploration

JEFF DOZIER, University of California, Santa Barbara

VICTORIA HAMILTON, Southwest Research Institute

CHRYSSA KOUVELIOTOU, NAS, George Washington University

DENNIS P. LETTENMAIER, NAE, University of California, Los Angeles

ROSALY M. LOPES, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

STEPHEN J. MACKWELL, American Institute of Physics

DAVID J. MCCOMAS, Princeton University

LARRY J. PAXTON, Johns Hopkins University

ELIOT QUATAERT, University of California, Berkeley

MARK SAUNDERS, Independent Consultant

BARBARA SHERWOOD LOLLAR, University of Toronto

HOWARD SINGER, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

HARLAN E. SPENCE, University of New Hampshire

MARK H. THIEMENS, NAS, University of California, San Diego

ERIKA B. WAGNER, Blue Origin, LLC

PAUL D. WOOSTER, Space Exploration Technologies

EDWARD L. WRIGHT, NAS, University of California, Los Angeles

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1 Member, National Academy of Sciences.

2 Clive Neal recused himself from the committee’s discussion of the findings related to the Lunar Geophysical Network because of his announced involvement with that New Frontiers mission target. See Appendix, “Disclosure of Unavoidable Conflict of Interest.”

3 Member, National Academy of Engineering.

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Report Series: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science: Options for the Fifth New Frontiers Announcement of Opportunity. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25868.
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Acknowledgment of Reviewers

This Consensus Study Report was reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in making each published report as sound as possible and to ensure that it meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process.

We thank the following individuals for their review of this report:

Michael E. Brown, NAS,1 California Institute of Technology,

Adam S. Burrows, NAS, Princeton University,

Brett W. Denevi, Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory,

Stephen J. Mackwell, American Institute of Physics,

Julie Rathbun, Planetary Science Institute,

Irwin I. Shapiro, NAS, Harvard University, and

James J. Wray, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the findings of this report nor did they see the final draft before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Charles F. Kennel, NAS, University of California, San Diego. He was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with the standards of the National Academies and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of the report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the National Academies.

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1 Member, National Academy of Sciences.

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The Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Sciences of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is tasked with monitoring the progress in implementation of the recommendations of the most recent planetary science decadal survey, Vision and Voyages for Planetary Science in the Decade 2013-2022. Planetary science decadal surveys evaluate the state of the field, identify the most important scientific questions and themes, and prioritize missions and activities for the decade in question based on scientific merit, technical feasibility, and anticipated cost. The need for careful monitoring is underscored by the fact that some of the decadal survey's recommendations are triggered at specific programmatic decision points. Options for the Fifth New Frontiers Announcement of Opportunity addresses one such decision point.

For each of the following four New Frontiers targets: Ocean Worlds, Trojan Tour and Rendezvous, Io Observer and Lunar Geophysical, this report summarizes changes in scientific understanding or external factors since the release of Vision and Voyages or its midterm review and considers whether those changes have been sufficiently substantial to warrant reconsideration of the four targets for inclusion in the New Frontiers 5 announcement of opportunity, scheduled for release in early 2022.

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