Scientists outlining priorities for NASA Florida Today

Right now, scientists are pounding out a plan for what could be the path to explore the solar system for the next 10 years. For the past year, scientists from across the country have been meeting, gathering data and creating a priority list for missions to other planets. They will present their findings of the Solar System Exploration Survey to NASA in May. In the past, NASA has decided its own priorities for planetary missions. However, in January 2001, NASA’s associate administrator for space science Ed Weiler requested the National Academies undertake a survey. All of the major meetings have ended. “The academy is famous for not leaking things,” Weiler said.