National Academies Strategic Documents
In 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) released three congressionally mandated reports that will help guide space research related to astrobiology for decades to come. The strategy documents cover research in the areas of extrasolar planets, curation and analysis of extraterrestrial samples, and astrobiology. All three documents are freely available as downloadable pdfs from the National Academies of Science, and hard copies can be purchased at the NAS site.
The first document, the “Exoplanet Science Strategy,” was released in September and was prepared as input for the upcoming decadal surveys in astronomy, astrophysics, and planetary science. Information for the exoplanet strategy was gathered through Community White Papers submitted between January 22, 2018 thru March 9, 2018. These papers are also available to view through the NAS.
In October, the NAS published the “The Astrobiology Science Strategy for the Search for Life in the Universe.” A public briefing and webcast was held in conjunction with the release, and is available to view online at: https://vimeo.com/295890366. The astrobiology strategy document builds upon the 2015 NASA Astrobiology Strategy, which is available here.
The third release, “Strategic Investments in Instrumentation and Facilities for Extraterrestrial Sample Curation and Analysis,” was made available by the NAS in December. This publication focuses on the current capabilities for analysis and curation of extraterrestrial samples, as well as the future requirements for upcoming sample return missions.
NAS Strategy Documents:
The strategy documents are available as books from the NAS and can be downloaded for free in pdf form. Hard copies are also available for purchase from the NAS.
The Exoplanet Science Strategy is available at:
The Astrobiology Science Strategy for the Search for Life in the Universe is available at: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/SSB/CurrentProjects/SSB_180812.
Strategic Investments in Instrumentation and Facilities for Extraterrestrial Sample Curation and Analysis is available at: