2020 MEPAG Goals Document revisions - community comments on DRAFT, due February 14
The MEPAG Goals Document is an important living document that is intended to capture and rank the ever-evolving highest priority science questions at Mars (Goals I-III), as well as the engineering needs to start to send Humans to Mars (Goal IV). Its value comes in its ability to represent the consensus of the Mars community and to remain current. To that end, the MEPAG Goals Committee has been working hard to update the Goals Document as part of the MEPAG preparations for the next Planetary Science Decadal Survey. Updates have been made to all four Goals (Life, Climate, Geology, and Preparation for Human Exploration), including additions and revisions within content, organization (at the Objective through Investigation levels), and prioritization.

Community comments about the 2020 MEPAG Goals Document draft are welcomed and can be submitted via this form, through end-of-day Friday, February 14. Please break your input into comments on the particular goal or goals in which you wish to see changes, and as appropriate include reference to the specific section or line number. We also invite comments on the cross-cutting themes chapter.

Based on these comments, the MEPAG Goals Committee will finish revising the Goals Document, and aims to complete the final and official 2020 MEPAG Goals Document before MEPAG Meeting 38, ideally at LPSC2020.

Thanks for your help and input!
Don Banfield (MEPAG Goals Committee Chair, on behalf of the whole MEPAG Goals Committee)


The current (2018) MEPAG Goals Document and the updated (2020) draft can be found at: https://mepag.jpl.nasa.gov/reports.cfm?expand=science
A listing of Goals Committee representatives can be found at https://mepag.jpl.nasa.gov/about.cfm.
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Suggested Changes for Goal I (Life)
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Suggested Changes for Goal II (Climate)
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Suggested Changes for Goal III (Geology)
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Suggested Changes for Goal IV (Preparation for Human Exploration)
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Suggestions for Cross-cutting Themes
Within the 2020 MEPAG Goals document DRAFT, a few Cross-cutting themes are described within "INTEGRATING THE GOALS TO UNDERSTAND MARS AND BEYOND" chapter, that tie Big Questions in Planetary Science to the MEPAG Goals. Suggested changes may relate to content or organization. As appropriate, please reference the specific section or line number.
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Any other comments about the 2020 MEPAG Goals revisions, that didn't fit under the above questions?
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