DPS 2001 meeting, November 2001
Session 14. Decadal Survey Posters
Displayed, 9:00am Tuesday - 3:00pm Saturday, Highlighted, Tuesday, November 27, 2001, 5:00-7:00pm, French Market Exhibit Hall

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[14.20] Decadal Survey: Planetary Rings Panel

M.K. Gordon (SJSUF), J.N. Cuzzi, J.J Lissauer, F. Poulet (Ames), A. Brahic, S. Charnoz, C. Ferrari (CEA), J.A. Burns, P.D. Nicholson (Cornell), R.H. Durisen (Indiana U.), N.J. Rappaport, L.J. Spilker, P. Yanamandra-Fisher (JPL), A.S. Bosh, C. Olkin (Lowell), S.M. Larson (LPL), A.L. Graps, H. Krueger (MPI-K), G.J. Black (NRAO), M. Festou (OBS-MIP), R. Karjalainen, H.J. Salo (Oulu), C.D. Murray (QMW), M.R. Showalter (Stanford), L. Dones, H.F. Levison, F. Namouni (SwRI), S. Araki (TFU), M.C. Lewis (Trinity), S. Brooks, J.E. Colwell, L.W. Esposito, M. Horanyi, G.R. Stewart (U. Colorado), A. Krivov, J. Schmidt, F. Spahn (U. Potsdam), D.P. Hamilton (UMD), S. Giuliatti-Winter (UNESP), R.G. French (Wellesley)

The National Research Council's Committee on Planetary and Lunar Exploration(COMPLEX) met earlier this year to begin the organization of a major activity, "A New Strategy for Solar System Exploration." Several members of the planetary rings community formed an ad hoc panel to discuss the current state and future prospects for the study of planetary rings. In this paper we summarize fundamental questions of ring science, list the key science questions expected to occupy the planetary rings community for the decade 2003-2013, outline the initiatives, missions, and other supporting activities needed to address those questions, and recommend priorities.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: mgordon@mail.arc.nasa.gov

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