26 August 2013

NASA ExoPAG Convenes in Conjunction with 45th DPS Meeting

B. Scott Gaudi The Ohio State University

NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG) will hold its 8th meeting Saturday-Sunday, 5-6 October 2013, just prior to, and at the same venue as, the 45th annual DPS meeting in Denver, Colorado. ExoPAG meetings are open to the entire scientific community. They offer an opportunity to participate in discussions of scientific and technical issues in exoplanet exploration and to provide input into NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP). All interested members of the astronomical and planetary science communities are invited to attend and participate.

ExoPAG-8 will focus on expanding the inclusiveness of NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program to the wider exoplanet community. Preliminary agenda topics include progress toward a coronagraph/occulter in space and progress toward establishing a robust estimate of the frequency of potentially habitable planets. In addition, there will be reports from the active Study Analysis Groups (SAGs), including SAG-9, which is considering the science requirements for a medium-scale direct-imaging mission to probe exoplanets.

Questions and suggestions can be sent to Scott Gaudi, ExoPAG Chair, and/or Dr. Douglas Hudgins, ExoPAG Executive Secretary. News and information about NASA's ExoPAG and the ExoPAG-8 meeting, including hotel information, can be found on the ExoPAG website.