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.

Executive Committee:

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 (Hannah Jang-Condell, Deputy Exoplanet Exploration Program Scientist).

New Executive Committee members for 2022: Diana Dragomir, Erin May, Bertrand Mennesson, and John Wisniewski.


ExoPAG News and Announcements (February 1, 2023)

  1. Call for Nominations to the Executive Committee of the Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG) (NOTE: Deadline Extended to February 17, 2023)
  2. Presentations Posted Online for ExoPAG 27 and NASA Town Hall at AAS241
  3. Brave New Worlds II: Understanding the Planets of Other Stars (Lake Como, Italy; June 12-16, 2023)
  4. Upcoming Deadlines for Exoplanet Conferences & Workshops
+ more

1) Call for Nominations to the Executive Committee of the Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG) (NOTE: Deadline Extended to February 17, 2023)

"To: Astrophysics and Planetary Science Community
From: Astrophysics Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
Date: November 10, 2022
Subject: Call for Nominations to the Executive Committee of the Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG)

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 four new appointments to the ExoPAG EC, replacing four current members of the committee who have reached the end of their appointments. New appointments will start in the Spring of 2023 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, http://exoplanets.nasa.gov), 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: hannah.jang-condell@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, qualifications for service, and anticipated contributions to 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. The deadline for nominations is February 17, 2023 [NEW DATE], with announcement of selections anticipated in April 2023. Selections will be announced by the ExoPAG mailing list (http://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/exopag/announcementList).

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

Sincerely,

Dr. Hannah Jang-Condell, NASA Headquarters

Deputy Exoplanet Exploration Program Scientist, ExoPAG Executive Secretary"


2) Presentations Posted Online for ExoPAG 27 and NASA Town Hall at AAS241

Presentations are posted online for:


3) Brave New Worlds II: Understanding the Planets of Other Stars (Lake Como, Italy; June 12-16, 2023)

"Dear colleagues,

this year the Lake Como School of Advanced Studies will focus on exoplanetary science. The school is directed to MSc, PhD students and young postdocs who are interested in widening their knowledge in the field of exoplanets. Lecturers will report on theoretical, observational and experimental aspects of the research, reviewing the latest achievements in the field. The program includes:

  • Ahmed Al-Refaie (UCL) – Numerical models to interpret exoplanetary data
  • Beth Biller (University of Edinburgh) – Imaging extrasolar worlds
  • Masahiro Ikoma (NAOJ) – How do planets form and evolve?
  • Pierre Olivier Lagage (CEA) – Exoplanets with the James Webb Space Telescope
  • Malena Rice (MIT/Yale) – Orbital architectures of planetary systems
  • Giusi Micela (INAF – Osservatorio di Palermo) – The stellar environment
  • Jonathan Tennyson (UCL) – Molecular spectroscopy for exoplanets
  • Giovanna Tinetti (UCL) – Decoding the light of planets in our galaxy
  • Angelos Tsiaras (INAF – Osservatorio di Arcetri) – Analysis of exoplanetary data: a hands-on approach
  • Ingo Waldmann (UCL) – Artificial Intelligence and exoplanets

Participants can submit an abstract if they wish to present a poster or a short talk about their research. More information is available at:

https://gatr2023.lakecomoschool.org/

Student application deadline is March 20, 2023"


4) Upcoming Deadlines for Exoplanet Conferences & Workshops


ExoPAG News and Announcements (January 19, 2023)

  1. Announcing the Third Cohort of the Exoplanet Explorers Program and New ExoGuides - First ExoExoplorers Presentations January 20, 2023 (2-3pm EST/11am-12pm PST)
  2. ExoPAG 27 Presentations, Acronym List, Opportunities for Research and Involvement Related to Exoplanets, and Feedback Survey
  3. Update on Provisional ExEP Target Star List for Habitable Worlds Observatory
  4. Call for Nominations to the Executive Committee of the Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG) (Deadline February 3, 2023)
  5. Call for Community Input into the Definition of the Roman Space Telescope’s Core Community Surveys (Virtual Information Sessions January 20 and 25, 2023)
  6. Senior Scientist for Astrobiology: New Job Posting
  7. Time Domain and Multi-Messenger Astrophysics Workshop White Paper Released
  8. Biennial European Astrobiology Conference (BEACON) (May 8-12, 2023, La Palma Island, Canary Islands, Spain; Abstract Deadline January 31, 2023)
  9. 4th Advanced School of Exoplanetary Science (First Announcement; May 22-26, 2023, Vietri sul Mare (Salerno), Italy)
+ more

1) Announcing the Third Cohort of the Exoplanet Explorers Program and New ExoGuides - First ExoExoplorers Presentations January 20, 2023 (2-3pm EST/11am-12pm PST)

The ExoPAG is pleased to announce the third cohort of the Exoplanet Explorers Program (https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/exopag/exoexplorers/exoexplorers/) and a new set of ExoGuides (https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/exopag/exoexplorers/exoexplorers-exoguides/)

The Exoplanet Explorers (ExoExplorers) Science Series, sponsored by the ExoPAG Executive Committee and by NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program, aims to enable the professional development of a cohort of graduate students and postdocs (“ExoExplorers”) in exoplanet research. Each member of the cohort will have the opportunity to give a live webinar presentation on their research to the exoplanet community and interact with established exoplanet researchers in the field (our “ExoGuides”) via a combination of tailored presentations and small group discussions. The first cohort is running through June 2023 and consists of 12 early career scientists.

ExoExplorer science presentations will be live and open to the entire exoplanet community. The first set of ExoExplorer talks will take place this Friday, January 20th, from 11-12 PM Pacific / 2-3 PM Eastern and will feature:

Ell Bogat [Univ. of Maryland]
Probing the Outskirts of M Dwarf Planetary Systems with a JWST Cycle 1 Direct-Imaging Survey of Nearby Young M Stars
&
Sean McCloat [Univ. of North Dakota]
Modeling the Architecture and Composition of Exoplanetary Systems from Pebble Accretion

Connection information will be available on our website and via our mailing list, which you can sign up for on the website: https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/exopag/exoexplorers/

Future Talks will take place on the dates below, always from 11a-12p Pacific time:

  • Feb 17th : Armaan Goyal [Indiana University] & Alison Duck [The Ohio State University]
  • March 17th : Anjali Piette [Carnegie Earth & Planets Laboratory] & Pa Chia Thao [University of North Carolina Chapel Hill]
  • April 21st : Evelyn MacDonald [University of Toronto] & Clarissa Do O [UC San Diego]
  • May 12th : Michelle Kunimoto [Massachusetts Institute of Technology] & Junellie González Quiles [Johns Hopkins University]
  • June 16th : Jack Lubin [UC Irvine] & Isabella Trierweiler [UCLA]

2) ExoPAG 27 Presentations, Acronym List, Opportunities for Research and Involvement Related to Exoplanets, and Feedback Survey

Presentations from ExoPAG 27 are being posted as they become available at:
https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/events/388/exopag-27/

Acronym reference list:
https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/internal_resources/2609/

Opportunities for research and involvement related to Exoplanets:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1aLQQaoCCyRAViz9j-6GvNkfJObd5LWza-I9EMmFjaLQ/

Feedback survey: https://forms.gle/798qj8sEX83wvTPVA
For those that attended ExoPAG 27 in-person or remotely, the Executive Committee would like your feedback on your experience during the meeting.


3) Update on Provisional ExEP Target Star List for Habitable Worlds Observatory

From Eric Mamajek & Karl Stapelfeldt (program chief scientists, NASA ExEP):

The ExEP Science Office presented an update at ExoPAG 27 (https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/internal_resources/2610_Jan7_1000_Mamajek.pdf) that included slides discussing the creation of an ExEP list of nearby, high priority target stars amenable to surveys of their habitable zones for temperate rocky exoplanets with a 6-meter-class IR/O/UV space telescope (Habitable Worlds Observatory).

The motivation for creating this provisional list of target stars is to motivate precursor and preparatory research for the Habitable Worlds Observatory. The list is, of course, very provisional. It consists of a sample ~160 nearby, bright stars within 24 parsecs, split into three quality tiers. The stars have spectral types F/G/K/M, and are all either single or binaries with separations greater than 3" (so far as known). Resolved binaries of separation <3" and known unresolved spectroscopic binaries were omitted from this preliminary list. The list factors in the brightness, planet-star brightness ratios, and angular separations of fiducial exo-Earths.

The stars range in spectral type between F1V and M2V, with approximate magnitude and distance limits by spectral class of: 66 F-type stars (Vmag<6.0, d<23.3pc), 55 G-type stars (Vmag<6.4, d<20.5pc), 40 K-type stars (Vmag<7.0, d<12.8pc), and 3 M-type stars (Vmag<7.5, d<4.0 pc). The vast majority are main sequence dwarf stars, with only a handful of evolved stars with log(g) between ~3.7 and 4.0. The current list includes no giants, and no stars more luminous than ~6 solar luminosities.

The table of target stars and the supporting document describing the catalog will be posted on the ExEP science site in the coming days (https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/science-overview/), but its long-term home will be on a NExScI website (link will be distributed via ExoPAG list when available, probably by the end of January). It is anticipated that the target list and table will be updated periodically as further information is added from community observations/analysis and evolution of the Habitable Worlds Observatory concept.

Before the document and table are posted, they are available upon request from Eric Mamajek (mamajek@jpl.nasa.gov).


4) Call for Nominations to the Executive Committee of the Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG) (Deadline February 3, 2023)

"To: Astrophysics and Planetary Science Community
From: Astrophysics Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
Date: November 10, 2022
Subject: Call for Nominations to the Executive Committee of the Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG)

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 four new appointments to the ExoPAG EC, replacing four current members of the committee who have reached the end of their appointments. New appointments will start in the Spring of 2023 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, http://exoplanets.nasa.gov), 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: hannah.jang-condell@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, qualifications for service, and anticipated contributions to 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. The deadline for nominations is February 3, 2023, with announcement of selections anticipated in April 2023. Selections will be announced by the ExoPAG mailing list (http://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/exopag/announcementList).

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

Sincerely,

Dr. Hannah Jang-Condell, NASA Headquarters

Deputy Exoplanet Exploration Program Scientist, ExoPAG Executive Secretary"


5) Call for Community Input into the Definition of the Roman Space Telescope’s Core Community Surveys (Virtual Information Sessions January 20 and 25, 2023)

"The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, NASA's next flagship observatory, is planned for launch in late 2026. The Roman Mission requests the astronomical community's input for the purpose of initiating the community-led definition of the Roman Space Telescope's Core Community Surveys. Combined, these surveys are anticipated to use the majority of the observing time during Roman’s first five years. The cosmology and exoplanet science requirements for these surveys leave significant parameter space available to define the observational strategies (filters, depth, cadence, etc.) in a way that will enable a broad range of other astrophysical investigations. We are offering two avenues for members of the community to provide information on science drivers and the requirements they place on the design of the Core Community Surveys: a short, one to two paragraph 'science pitch' (including a questionnaire) requested by Feb 17, 2023, and/or submission of a more technical-focused white paper, to be due in late spring, 2023.

All members of the community are encouraged to submit their science investigation ideas. The Roman Mission wants to hear from scientists worldwide across all career stages, positions, and types of institutions. All input will be passed to the committees that will be formed of community members and tasked with defining the Core Community Surveys.

The Roman Mission will be holding several Information and Q&A sessions, including two fully virtual sessions, on January 20th (11 am EST) and January 25th (4 pm EST), and an in-person AAS Splinter Session on Wednesday January 11, at 2:00 PM. All sessions will present the same information.

For full details on this Request for Information, as well as details on the information sessions, please visit:

https://roman.gsfc.nasa.gov/science/ccs_community_input.html

For specific questions related to a submission, email both help@stsci.edu and roman-help@ipac.caltech.edu, with the subject line: “Roman question about community input for core survey definition.”

FAQ: Does this apply to me?

The Core Community Surveys will be defined by the astronomical community and will include a High Latitude Wide Area survey, a High Latitude Time Domain survey, and a Galactic Bulge Time Domain survey. The data from the Core Community Surveys will enable a host of general astrophysical investigations in addition to addressing the Roman Mission's science objectives related to cosmology and exoplanet demographics.

As one specific example, in order to meet Roman's dark energy goals, a requirement on the design of the imaging component of the High Latitude Wide Area Survey is to enable precision measurements of the shapes of hundreds of millions of galaxies. This leaves open significant parameter space for the survey data to be relevant for other science areas. Depending on the choice of filters, the data may be more (or less) useful for studies of galaxy evolution. Depending on the chosen balance of area versus depth, there may be more (or less) opportunity for discovering new celestial objects that are rare per unit area. Moreover, all of these choices may affect how useful the survey data are for studies of more nearby objects, such as those belonging to the Milky Way halo or solar system. There will be many other such trades to consider, for all three Core Community Surveys.

The preceding example lists only a small subset of the science investigations that could be enabled by Roman’s survey data. By receiving input from the community on as wide a range of science use cases as possible, the committees tasked with defining each of the Core Community Surveys will be able to better understand what trade studies to conduct, and identify what additional community input is needed, in order to design surveys that best meet the needs of the entire astronomical community."


6) Senior Scientist for Astrobiology: New Job Posting

"Due to an unforeseen issue with LinkedIn, the previously announced job posting for a Senior Scientist for Astrobiology (see below) was automatically closed and had to be reposted using a new link.

Please see the new LinkedIn job announcement link below for additional information about the position and details on how to apply:

  • New LinkedIn Job Announcement Link: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/3431704255/
  • Position Title: Senior Scientist for Astrobiology
  • Location: NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
  • Salary range: $172,100 – $195,000
  • Appointment duration: Up to 6 years
  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2023

Let me know if there are any questions. Thanks.
Leo Gomez (He/him/his)
Administrative Officer
Science Mission Directorate | Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters
300 Hidden Figures Way SW, Washington D.C. 20546
Mobile: 202-578-4488 | Email: leopoldo.gomez@nasa.gov


7) Time Domain and Multi-Messenger Astrophysics Workshop White Paper Released

The Time Domain and Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (TDAMM) Workshop (https://pcos.gsfc.nasa.gov/TDAMM/) was held 22-24 August 2022 in Annapolis, MD and online. The Scientific Organizing Committee has written and delivered to Headquarters a White Paper (https://pcos.gsfc.nasa.gov/TDAMM/docs/TDAMM_Report.pdf) based on the presentations and discussions there, and incorporated feedback from the participants. The White Paper summarizes the scientific opportunities and programmatic issues that emerged from the workshop discussions were presented during the PhysPAG Splinter Session (https://pcos.gsfc.nasa.gov/physpag/meetings/AAS_Jan2023/) at the AAS meeting on 9 January 2023, 9-11am Pacific time.


8) Biennial European Astrobiology Conference (BEACON) (May 8-12, 2023, La Palma Island, Canary Islands, Spain; Abstract Deadline January 31, 2023)

Biennial European Astrobiology Conference (BEACON)
May 8-12, 2023
Place: Fuencaliente, La Palma
More information: https://europeanastrobiology.eu/beacon/

The Biennial European Astrobiology Conference (BEACON) brings scientists and experts in the Astrobiology field from Europe and beyond. BEACON will take place at the La Palma & Teneguía Princess Hotel on La Palma Island from May, 8th to 12th 2023.

BEACON topics will be:

  • Evolution and Traces of Early Life and Life under Extreme Condition
  • Tracing Life and Identifying Habitable Environments
  • Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems and Detection of Habitable Worlds
  • Biosignatures and the Detection of Life beyond Earth
  • Impacts and their Role in the Evolution of Planets, Moons and Life
  • The Pathway to Complexity: From Simple Molecules to First Life
  • Historical, Philosophical, Societal and Ethical Issues in Astrobiology
  • Protoplanetary Disks and their Physical and Chemical Processes
  • Planetary Environments and Habitability

La Palma offers a multitude of relevant research infrastructures (telescopes) and locations (active volcanoes, recent lava fields, Mars-analogue landscapes, etc.). We will also visit many of these sites.

Abstract submission deadline: 31st, Jan 2023.

Conference organised by the European Astrobiology Institute.


9) 4th Advanced School of Exoplanetary Science (First Announcement; May 22-26, 2023, Vietri sul Mare (Salerno), Italy)

FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT of the 4th Advanced School on Exoplanetary Science

Astrophysics of Transiting Exoplanets
22 - 26 May 2023
Lloyd's Baia Hotel<
Vietri sul Mare (Salerno), Italy
Web: https://ases4.web.roma2.infn.it/
Contact: ases4@roma2.infn.it

Registration opens January 9, 2023 and closes April 3, 2023.

"The Advanced School on Exoplanetary Science - taking place close to the enchanting Amalfi Coast - is aimed at providing a comprehensive, state-of-the-art picture of the rich variety of relevant aspects of the fast-developing, highly interdisciplinary field of exoplanet research (both from an observational and theoretical viewpoint). The School is addressed to graduate students and young post-doctoral researchers, and offers the fascinating possibility to interact with world-class experts engaged in different areas of the astrophysics of planetary systems. The 4th edition of the School will be focused on the Astrophysics of Transiting Exoplanet Systems, covering both the theoretical and observational perspectives.

In particular, the following key topics will be covered:

  • The history and frontier of transiting exoplanets demographics (methodology and results), as a means for improved understanding of their formation and evolution;
  • Successes as well as astrophysical and methodological challenges in the determination of accurate and precise transiting exoplanet masses and radii;
  • Multi-transiting systems as tools for improving our knowledge of the origin and evolution of close-in, compact, high-multiplicity planetary systems;
  • Theoretical mechanisms and observations of atmospheric escape from highly irradiated transiting planets, as probes of their physical evolution;
  • Atmospheric characterization of transiting exoplanets (via transmission and emission spectroscopy), in the wake of the first results from the James Webb Space Telescope.

Organizing Committee:

  • K. Biazzo (INAF - Rome Astronomical Observatory)
  • V. Bozza (University of Salerno)
  • L. Mancini (University of Rome "Tor Vergata")
  • A. Sozzetti (INAF - Turin Astrophysical Observatory)

Confirmed School Lecturers:

  • Statistics of Transiting Exoplanets: Prof. Courtney Dressing,
    University of California at Berkeley, USA
  • Accurate radii and masses: Dr. Aldo Bonomo,
    INAF - Turin Astrophysical Observatory, Italy
  • Multi-transiting systems: Prof. Eric Ford,
    Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Transiting exoplanet atmospheres: Prof. Laura Kreidberg,
    Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Germany
  • Atmospheric escape: Dr. James Owen
    Imperial College London, UK

Fee:

The registration fee is 350 Euro and includes a conference kit, coffee breaks, social dinner and full access to the video recordings of the lectures. A limited number of grants, covering the registration fee, will be available for selected participants. Justified requests for economic support (addressed via email to the Organizing Committee) will haveto be accompanied by the submission of a Curriculum Vitae (deadline: March 15, 2023).

Registration and abstract submission:

Registration will open on January 9, 2023 and close on April 3, 2023.

There is a limited number of time slots for brief seminars of participants to present their own research. Title/Abstract submission is possible at any later moment after registration by sending an email to the Organizing Committee (deadline: April 15, 2023).

All participants are allowed and encouraged to bring a poster.

Important dates:

  • 9th January 2023: First Announcement, Registration opens
  • 1st March 2023: Second and Final Announcement
  • 15th March 2023: Deadline for grant weaver request
  • 3rd April 2023: Registration Deadline
  • 15th April 2023: Oral contribution Deadline
  • 1st May 2023: Final School program
  • 22nd-26th May 2023: The School

For further information please refer to the Conference website or send an email to the Organizing Committee:

We are very much looking forward to seeing you in Vietri sul Mare next May 2023!

Best regards,

Alessandro/Katia/Luigi/Valerio"


ExoPAG News and Announcements (January 5, 2023)

  1. ExoPAG 27 at AAS241 (January 7-8, 2023, Seattle and virtual)
  2. Call for Nominations to the Executive Committee of the Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG) (Deadline February 3, 2023; see attached PDF letter)
  3. Progress in Technology for Exoplanet Missions: An Appendix to the NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program Technology Plan
  4. Exoplanets @ AAS241 Flyer (see attached PDF)
  5. AAS241 Splinter Session: Starlight Suppression Technologies for IR/O/UV Flagship (January 10, 2023; 9am-11am PST; hybrid)
  6. Request for Input on the Elimination of Proprietary Periods (by January 6, 2023)
  7. Ultraviolet Transient Astronomy Satellite Participating Scientists
+ more

1) ExoPAG 27 at AAS241 (January 7-8, 2023, Seattle and virtual)


Call for Nominations to the Executive Committee of the Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG) (Deadline February 3, 2023)

"
To: Astrophysics and Planetary Science Community
From: Astrophysics Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
Date: November 10, 2022
Subject: Call for Nominations to the Executive Committee of the Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG)

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 four new appointments to the ExoPAG EC, replacing four current members of the committee who have reached the end of their appointments. New appointments will start in the Spring of 2023 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,http://exoplanets.nasa.gov), 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: hannah.jang-condell@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, qualifications for service, and anticipated contributions to 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. The deadline for nominations is February 3, 2023, with announcement of selections anticipated in April 2023. Selections will be announced by the ExoPAG mailing list (http://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/exopag/announcementList).

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

Sincerely,
Dr. Hannah Jang-Condell, NASA Headquarters
Deputy Exoplanet Exploration Program Scientist, ExoPAG Executive Secretary
"


3) Progress in Technology for Exoplanet Missions: An Appendix to the NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program Technology Plan

From Brendan Crill, Deputy Program Chief Technologist, NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program:

"The Exoplanet Exploration Program technology team is pleased to announce the release of a document titled “Progress in Technology for Exoplanet Missions” which is now posted on the ExEP website:

https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/internal_resources/2595/

The document provides a detailed description of the Technology Gaps tracked by ExEP, and describes ongoing efforts and near term plans to close those gaps. It is meant to be a resource for Strategic Astrophysics Technology (SAT) and APRA proposers and the larger community of scientists and technologists who are working on advancing technologies for the future Habitable Worlds Observatory."


4) Exoplanets @ AAS241 Flyer (see attached PDF)

Many thanks to Karl Stapelfeldt for preparing a 2-page flyer summarizing many of the exoplanet-related events at AAS241 in Seattle (see attached PDF).


5) AAS241 Splinter Session: Starlight Suppression Technologies for IR/O/UV Flagship (January 10, 2023; 9am-11am PST; hybrid)

Starlight Suppression Technologies for the IR/O/UV Flagship
AAS241 splinter session (hybrid; location and remote link tbd)
Jan 10, 2023; 9am – 11am
Chairs: Ruslan Belikov, Brendan Crill

Description:

NASA is about to embark on an ambitious program to develop an “IR/O/UV” (infrared/optical/ultraviolet) flagship mission to directly image ~25 potentially Earth-like planets and spectroscopically characterize them for signs of life, as recommended by the Astro2020 decadal survey. In addition, Astro2020 recommended a new approach for flagship formulation, which involves increasing the scope and depth of early, pre-phase A trades and technology maturation, as part of the new Great Observatories Maturation Program (GOMAP).

A critical capability of the IR/O/UV mission is starlight suppression. To inform future architecture trades, we will need to survey a wide range of technologies, from the relatively mature such as the ones described in the LUVOIR and HabEx reports, to the relatively new and emerging ones, which may lead to breakthrough performance. The purpose of this splinter session is to discuss the current status and future potential of different coronagraph technologies (including wavefront control), starshade technologies, and architectures.

Agenda:

0. Rus Belikov (5 mins): brief introduction / goals of session

1. Bruce Macintosh (15 mins): Decadal Survey science goals and the IR/O/UV Flagship.

2. Chris Stark (15 mins): Interdependence between mission requirements and science requirements

3. Rhonda Morgan (15 mins): Starlight suppression technologies from LUVOIR and HabEx reports

4. Bertrand Mennesson (15 mins): Advances of established starlight suppression technologies in the years since LUVOIR and HabEx.

5. Olivier Guyon (15 mins): Emerging technologies and their potential.

6. Pin Chen (10 mins): New initiatives: Coronagraph Survey, Coronagraph Roadmap, and DM Roadmap, etc.

7. Q&A and discussion (25 mins + 5 min buffer)


6) Request for Input on the Elimination of Proprietary Periods (by January 6, 2023)

One topic of discussion at the ExoPAG Business Meeting Sunday Jan. 8 will be changes to NASA's exclusive access period (EAP) policy. Specifically, NASA intends to eliminate EAPs (proprietary periods) for JWST and future missions. The ExoPAG EC is soliciting feedback from the community prior to the meeting for a summary presentation before opening the floor to discussion. Any feedback submitted will be anonymized if brought up at the ExoPAG business meeting. Please send feedback to Jason Wright (astrowright@gmail.com) by Friday January 6, 2023.


7) Ultraviolet Transient Astronomy Satellite Participating Scientists

ULTRASAT is a near-ultraviolet imaging satellite with a wide field of view and a planned 2025 launch. It is an international partnership led by Israel (Israeli Space Agency & Weizmann Institute of Science) in partnership with the United States (NASA + Vera Rubin Observatory) and Germany (DESY). A proposal call for ULTRASAT Participating Scientists from the United States has just been released as NASA ROSES 2022 amendment D.19 (https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?solId=%7b063C8CB1-C733-F34C-45B9-2C13AD0CA483%7d&path=&method=init). ULTRASAT will provide high cadence observations and rapid target-of-opportunity response, providing a powerful capability for time-domain and multimessenger astrophysics (TDAMM), and will have scientific applications from solar system studies to cosmology, as described at https://www.weizmann.ac.il/ultrasat/.

All are invited to attend the hybrid splinter session, “Introducing ULTRASAT”, which will be held on January 11th 2023, 9:30-11:30 PST, in conjunction with the 241st American Astronomical Society meeting. In-person AAS participants can join us in room 401 of the Seattle Convention Center. Remote participation instructions will be posted under “Related Sessions” at https://pcos.gsfc.nasa.gov/physpag/meetings/AAS_Jan2023/.


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NExSS

The Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS) is a research coordination network whose role is to form a cohesive community of exoplanet researchers that transcends disciplines and funding stovepipes. It is led by teams funded by NASA Research & Analysis Programs from the Astrophysics, Planetary Science, Heliophysics and Earth Science Divisions that conduct interdisciplinary exoplanet research. NExSS helps lead or facilitate white papers, workshops, conferences, science and communications working groups, and other community activities that support exoplanet research.

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