A few days ago, I received in my email the following message from the Division for Planetary Sciences.
Community Urged To Hear NASA’s Jim Green Presentation On 10 January

There has been much discussion of NASA’s Planetary Science Division (PSD) budget in recent weeks (about R&A in particular). Next week, Jim Green will give a presentation at the OPAG meeting in Atlanta about this, at 8:30 am on 10 January 2013. We strongly encourage our membership to call in via webcast to hear what he has to say, and to educate themselves about the current and upcoming PSD budget, including R&A. You can register for the webex and see the agenda at http://www.lpi.usra.edu/opag/.

Rosaly Lopes (DPS Chair) & Heidi Hammel (DPS Vice-Chair)

I was very curious to hear what Jim Green, NASA’s Planetary Science Chief, wanted to tell at the Outer Planet Assessment Group (a new mission toward Europa? a boost in the budget of NASA?) but unfortunately,  I could not attend or listen to the his talk.

I gathered below a few tweets posted by my colleagues while they were listening to Jim Green’s talk. Thanks to Emily Lakdawalla from the Planetary Society for pointing out the live-tweeting of Nicholas Heavens (@weatheronmars). I added as well a few tweets from @LeighFletcher.

In a nutshell, Jim Green did not announce a new mission toward Europa… From these tweets, I have the sense that he took this opportunity to reply to the special edition of the Planetary Exploration Newsletter (US PLANETARY PROGRAM POISED TO LOSE A GENERATION OF SCIENTISTS) and discuss with the Outer Planet Scientists the best strategy to get in the future a Flagship mission toward an outer planet body.

I will update this post with new tweets if I find any, and inputs from my colleagues.

Personal Note: the correct name of the new NASA Institute, announced today, is Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI)

No mission yet for Europa, but let’s continue to make this happens soon. I really don’t want us to be the first generation of planetary scientists without a Flagship mission.

Clear Skies,
Franck Marchis

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