The Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG) is responsible for soliciting and coordinating community input into the development and execution of NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP). It serves as a community-based, interdisciplinary forum for soliciting and coordinating community analysis and input in support of the Exoplanet Exploration Program objectives and of their implications for architecture planning and activity prioritization and for future exploration. It provides findings of analyses to the NASA Astrophysics Division Director.

Resources:

Executive Committee:

View the 2021 Call for ExoPAG EC Nominations. DEADLINE EXTENDED to February 5, 2021​.

ExoPAG activities and meetings are organized through an Executive Committee, selected by NASA HQ through a Dear Colleague letter. Appointments are made annually to replace members rotating off; the normal term is 3 years. If you are interested in serving on the Executive Committee, please contact the ExoPAG Executive Secretary at NASA HQ (Douglas Hudgins, Exoplanet Exploration Program Scientist).

New Executive Committee members for 2020: Natasha Batalha, Jacob Bean, John Debes, Laura Schaefer


ExoPAG News and Announcements (January 7, 2021)

  1. Note on ExoPAG 23 and Early Adjournment
  2. Joint PAG Session: NASA Astrophysics Division Update With APD Director Paul Hertz and Astrophysics Technology Development Process (FRIDAY, January 8, 2021; 1:00-3:00pm EST)
  3. Cross-PAG Session on “Enhancing Participation of Minority Serving Institutions in NASA Space Science" (Monday, January 11, 2021, 6:50-8:20pm EST)
  4. NASA Astrophysics Division R&A Town Hall (Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 12:00-1:30pm EST)
  5. Call for Nominations to the Executive Committee of the Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG) (DEADLINE EXTENDED to February 5, 2021​.)
  6. Draft Astrophysics Explorers Program Solicitations Released for Community Comment
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1) Note on ExoPAG 23 and Early Adjournment

Note from ExoPAG chair Michael Meyer:

"The ExoPAG voted to adjourn ExoPAG 23 early on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 before the regular business meeting was held. The ExoPAG EC and the Program Office will work to provide additional information to be discussed at that meeting on the ExoPAG website with alerts provided via the exopagannounce email list. It is possible an additional community forum could be organized in the next several weeks, and/or any required votes could be done virtually."


2) Joint PAG Session: NASA Astrophysics Division Update With APD Director Paul Hertz and Astrophysics Technology Development Process (Friday, January 8, 2021; 1:00-3:00pm EST)

Please join us this Friday, January 8, 2021, 1-3pm EST for a joint PAG session organized by the Physics of the Cosmos (PCOS), Cosmic Origins (COR), and Exoplanet Exploration (ExEP) programs. The joint PAG session will feature an update on NASA Astrophysics by Dr. Paul Hertz (Astrophysics Division Director) and a presentation on The Astrophysics Technology Development Process from Bruce T. Pham, PCOS/COR Technology Development Manager, NASA GSFC, and Nick Siegler, ExEP Chief Technologist, JPL.


3) Cross-PAG Session on “Enhancing Participation of Minority Serving Institutions in NASA Space Science" (Monday, January 11, 2021, 6:50-8:20pm EST)

Please join us Monday, January 11, 2021, 6:50-8:20pm EST for a cross-PAG session on “Enhancing Participation of Minority Serving Institutions in NASA Space Science”. This 90-minute session will provide an overview of ways in which Minority Serving Institutions are encouraged to participate in NASA Space Science across the Astrophysics Division, assessing barriers to participation, and developing solutions to overcome those barriers.


4) NASA Astrophysics Division R&A Town Hall (January 13, 2021, 12:00-1:30pm EST)

The NASA Astrophysics Division will be holding a virtual town hall for Research and Analysis (R&A) at the 237th meeting of the American Astronomical Society on Wednesday, January 13, from 12-1:30 PM Eastern Time. During the town hall, updates and information on current and upcoming R&A activities will be presented and questions from the community about the R&A program will be answered.

Please submit questions for the NASA Astrophysics Division R&A Program town hall and vote for other questions that you would like to see answered. Top questions will be addressed by the Astrophysics Division’s R&A team during the town hall on January 13 from 12-1:30 PM Eastern Time. Submissions will be accepted until noon on January 11. Please submit your questions through the portal: https://arc.cnf.io/sessions/zxkr

Questions regarding the R&A town hall may be directed to Stefan Immler (stefan.immler@nasa.gov).


5) Call for Nominations to the Executive Committee of the Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG) (DEADLINE EXTENDED to February 5, 2021​)

“Dear Colleagues:

The Astrophysics Division of NASA's Science Mission Directorate is pleased to issue this open call for nominations to serve on the Executive Committee (EC) of NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG). In the coming months, NASA anticipates making three new appointments to the ExoPAG EC, replacing three current members of the committee who have reached the end of their appointments. New appointments will start in the Spring of 2021 and will be for a period of three years.

The ExoPAG is an open, interdisciplinary forum that provides a conduit for community input into NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP), and for conducting analyses in support of ExEP science objectives and their implications for planning and prioritization of Program activities. The ExoPAG is led by a Chairperson drawn from the membership of the Astrophysics Advisory Committee (APAC), and a volunteer Executive Committee, whose membership is chosen to reflect the broad range of scientific disciplines and interests represented in the field of exoplanet exploration. Together, the ExoPAG Chair and Executive Committee are responsible for capturing and organizing community input, overseeing ExoPAG analyses, reporting ExoPAG findings and inputs to the Astrophysics Division Director, and keeping the scientific community apprised of ongoing activities and opportunities within NASA’s ExEP. Detailed information about the structure and function of the ExoPAG, including the current and past membership of the EC, can be found at http://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exopag.

Nominations for the ExoPAG EC should be submitted via email to the address: douglas.m.hudgins@nasa.gov. Nominations must include both a cover letter and a one-page CV summarizing the nominee’s relevant background. The cover letter should provide a description of the nominee’s area of expertise and qualifications for service on the ExoPAG Executive Committee. Nominations will only be accepted for scientists who reside at a U.S. institution for the period of the service. There are no citizenship restrictions. Nominations from individuals at academic institutions—university, college, or non-NASA research laboratory—are strongly encouraged. Self-nominations are welcome. DEADLINE EXTENDED to February 5, 2021​, with announcement of selections anticipated in April 2021. Selections will be announced by the ExoPAG mailing list.

Because the NASA Astrophysics Division seeks the best possible input from the widest possible community, representing diverse perspectives, we encourage nominations of (and from) people holding any identity(ies) that have been traditionally underrepresented in the field of astrophysics.

We look forward to working with all of our stakeholders to develop a robust and compelling Exoplanet Exploration Program.

Sincerely,
Douglas Hudgins, NASA Headquarters
Exoplanet Exploration Program Scientist, ExoPAG Executive Secretary”


6) Draft Astrophysics Explorers Program Solicitations Released for Community Comment

Draft Astrophysics Explorers Program Solicitations Released for Community Comment

Release Date: January 6, 2021

Comments Due: February 25, 2021

Identification Number: NNH21ZDA004J (Draft 2021 Astrophysics Medium Explorer (MIDEX) AO)

Identification Number: NNH21ZDA005J (Draft 2021 Astrophysics Explorers Missions of Opportunity (APEXMO))

On January 6, 2021, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is releasing two draft solicitations for community review and comment: the Draft 2021 Astrophysics Medium Explorer (MIDEX) Announcement of Opportunity (AO) and the Draft 2021 Astrophysics Explorers Missions of Opportunity (APEXMO) Program Element Appendix (PEA) for the Third Stand Alone Missions of Opportunity Notice (SALMON-3) AO. Upon the release date, the full text will be available at https://nspires.nasaprs.com/.

The Astrophysics Explorers Program conducts Principal Investigator (PI)-led space science investigations relevant to SMD's astrophysics programs. Explorer investigations must address NASA’s goals to discover the origin, structure, evolution, and destiny of the Universe and search for Earth-like planets.

Participation is open to all categories of organizations or institutions, U.S. or non-U.S., including educational, industrial, and not-for-profit institutions, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), NASA Centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and other Government agencies.

The comment period for the Draft 2021 MIDEX AO and the Draft 2021 APEXMO PEA ends on February 25, 2021.

The issuance of the Draft 2021 MIDEX AO does not obligate NASA to issue the 2021 Medium Explorer AO and solicit proposals. The issuance of the Draft 2021 APEXMO PEA does not obligate NASA to issue a 2021 Astrophysics Explorers MO PEA and solicit proposals. Any costs incurred by prospective investigators in preparing submissions in response to either of these draft solicitations are incurred completely at the submitter's own risk.

Comments on either or both drafts may be addressed via email to the Astrophysics Explorers Program Scientist: Dr. Patricia M. Knezek (subject line to read "2021 MIDEX AO", "2021 MO" or both) at: patricia.m.knezek@nasa.gov. Responses to comments will be given by email and posted in the MIDEX/MO QAs section on the Astrophysics Explorers Program Acquisition websites at https://explorers.larc.nasa.gov/2021APMIDEX/MIDEX/index.html and https://explorers.larc.nasa.gov/2021APMIDEX/MO/index.html; anonymity of persons/institutions who submit comments will be preserved. Comments will be accepted by email only.


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