These missions explored the boundaries of our understanding of the complex, dynamic system we call the Earth. They have been retired, but are not forgotten. We hope they inspire the next generation of explorers by providing opportunities for learners of all ages to discover the exciting past efforts by NASA in its research.
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Missions begin with a study phase during which the key science objectives of the mission are identified, and designs for spacecraft and instruments are analyzed. Study teams are constituted to define measurement and mission elements and deliver achievable objectives with a specific cost and scope. Study teams are managed by a Project scientist, a Program Executive at NASA Headquarters, and a Program office.
The following table lists missions that are in development.
Advisory Committee Members
|Ms. Kass Green, Chair||Kass Green and Associates|
|Dr. Patricia A. Jacobberger-Jellison,|
Strategic Documents and Earth Science References for the Earth System Science Pathfinder program
NASA’s Earth Surface and Interior focus area supports research and analysis of solid-Earth processes and properties from crust to core. This includes providing the space geodetic observations and products foundational to many space missions.