NAC Planetary Protection Subcommittee

The Planetary Protection Subcommittee (PPS) is a standing subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council's Science Committee, which supports the advisory needs of the Administrator, the Science Mission Directorate (SMD), SMD's Planetary Science Division, NASA's Planetary Protection Officer, and other NASA Mission Directorates as required. The scope of the PPS includes programs, policies, plans, hazard identification and risk assessment, and other matters pertinent to the Agency's responsibilities for biological planetary protection. This scope includes consideration of NASA planetary protection policy documents, implementation plans, and organization. The subcommittee will review and recommend appropriate planetary protection categorizations for all bodies of the solar system to which spacecraft will be sent. The scope also includes the development of near-term enabling technologies, systems, and capabilities, as well as developments with the potential to provide long-term improvements in future operational systems to support planetary protection. Outside the scope of the Subcommittee's responsibilities are issues that pertain solely to the quality and interpretation of scientific experiments and data in support of solar system exploration.


Name/Position Specific Research Location
Robert E. Lindberg, Jr.,
University of Virginia
Amy P. Kaminski
Exec. Secretary
NASA Headquarters - Senior Policy Advisor
Darla Goeres Montana State University
Michael Imperiale University of Michigan
Tullis Onstott Princeton University
Nicholas Steneck University of Michigan
Meenakshi Wadhwa Arizona State University
NASA Planetary Protection Officer
Cassie Conley NASA Headquarters - Planetary Sciences Division


Planetary Protection Meeting Documents

June 2016

December 8-9, 2015

June 2015

November 2014

May 2014

November 2013

April 2013

December 2012

Supporting Documents

May 2012

Support Documents

November 2011

May 2011

January 2011

August 2010

May 2010

November 2008

January 2008

February 2007

July 2006

Plenary Documents

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