Summary of the Boulder Entry Probe Workshop April 21-22, 2003, Boulder, Colorado, USA

Richard E. Young, David Atkinson, Sushil Atreya, Donald Banfield, Reta Beebe, Scott Bolton, Geoffrey Briggs, David Crisp, James Cutts, Michael Drake, Larry Esposito, Kenneth Galal, William Hubbard, Donald Hunten, Andrew Ingersoll, Viktor Kerzhanovich, Elizabeth Kolawa, Bernard Laub, Fuk Li, Paul MahaffyMark Marley, Tobias Owen, Harry Partridge, Gerald Schubert, Thomas Spilker, Ann Sprague, Ethiraj Venkatapathy, Richard Young

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The Solar System Exploration Decadal Survey (SSEDS) identified several high priority Solar System Key Science Questions that should be addressed by entry probes/landers, or that should be addressed simultaneously by both probes/landers and remote sensing types of observations. These Key Science Questions are directly relevant to Goals and Objectives of the NASA Strategic Plan and Office of Space Science Strategic Plan. In this report we define entry probes/landers as spacecraft that sample in-situ a planetary atmosphere, and planetary surface if there is one. The Entry Probe Workshop grew out of a community concern that if entry probes/landers were to be a viable mission option for addressing the overarching questions identified in the SSEDS in the coming 10-15 years, significant resources must be applied to key technology areas immediately. The major science objectives requiring entry probes and the key technology development areas for probes are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-20
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
Issue number544
StatePublished - Feb 2004
EventInternational Workshop: Planetary Probe Atmospheric Entry and Descent Trajectory Analysis and Science - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: Oct 6 2003Oct 9 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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