the 35th meeting of the Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) is scheduled as a virtual meeting on Monday, September 25th, 2017, 10:00am-1:00pm PDT.

Low-cost, “opportunistic” missions may provide a new way of advancing Mars science through observations within the Mars system. This meeting will inform the Mars community about recent work in this area through reports on the mission concepts selected for study under NASA’s
Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies (PSDS3) program ( We will hear from the 5 teams selected with Mars System proposals.

Additionally, we will report on MEPAG’s involvement in the recent Low-Cost Planetary Missions Conference ( There will also be a presentation from a NASA HQ representative on the status of discussions about future Mars mission architecture.

The final agenda and connection information will be posted on the MEPAG meeting website ( a few days preceding the meeting.