On August 18, 2022, Dr. Lori Glaze and members of NASA’s Planetary Science Division gave a town hall to provide the agency’s initial public response to The Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032 from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).

Click here to watch the recording of the NASAPSD town hall. Click here for the written response from NASA PSD.

A recent post from the Many Worlds blog discusses one of the highest priority objectives outlined in the Decadal Survey, a mission to Uranus. The possibility of a flagship mission to Uranus was discussed at the town hall, and will be a focus of planetary science at NASA in the years to come. Uranus has 27 known moons in orbit, and some of its largest moons (Ariel, Miranda, Umbriel, Titania, and Oberon) might host internal saltwater oceans. Click here to read more from Many Worlds.

The Decadal Survey on Planetary Science and Astrobiology will assess key scientific questions in planetary science and astrobiology, identify priority medium- and large-class missions and other initiatives, and present a comprehensive research strategy for the 2023-2032 timeframe.

The Many Worlds Blog chronicles the search for evidence of life beyond Earth written by author/journalist Marc Kaufman. The “Many Worlds” column is supported by the Lunar Planetary Institute/USRA and informed by NASA’s NExSS initiative, a research coordination network supported by the NASA Astrobiology Program. Any opinions expressed are the author’s alone.