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PSI's R. Aileen Yingst Named Chair of MEPAG

R. Aileen Yingst

R. Aileen Yingst

PSI Senior Scientist R. Aileen Yingst has been named Chair of the Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG). 

“We are the community – a group of scientists and other professionals – interested in Mars exploration,” Yingst said. “In practice what that means is if there is a question on what is the next step in Mars exploration, MEPAG is a natural place you would go for direction." 

MEPAG is responsible for providing science input needed to plan and prioritize Mars exploration activities. MEPAG serves as a community-based, interdisciplinary forum for inquiry and analysis in support of Mars exploration objectives. To carry out its role, the MEPAG updates goals, objectives, investigations and required measurements for robotic and human exploration of Mars in response to new discoveries and directions on the basis of the widest possible community outreach. The four overarching MEPAG goals for the exploration of Mars and its moons, are: Determine if Mars ever supported life; Understand the processes and history of climate on Mars; Understand the origin and evolution of Mars as a geological system; Prepare for human exploration.

July 21, 2019
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