Science White Paper

The Science White Paper should provide policy makers and agency leaders with an overview of the science opportunities which are created by pursuing the human space exploration roadmap described in the GER (including the missions considered collaborative human/robotic missions).

It shall be structured around grand science themes that span research in the various scientific disciplines and at all exploration destinations (LEO, Moon, asteroids, Mars). However, it focuses on the near-term opportunities in the GER reference missions in cis-lunar space, to a redirected asteroid and to the lunar surface. This approach is reflected in the draft table of contents shown below. The scientific elements of the document are developed within the science communities under leadership of the Science Advisory Group, having nominated dedicated co-authors for each subchapter.

Table of Contents

Chapter Chapter Title Lead/Owner
Executive Summary All
1 Global Space Exploration – The ISECG Roadmap J. Hill, F. Spiero (ISECG Science Working Group co-chairs)
2 The Scientific Imperative – Overarching Science Themes
  • Our Place in the Universe Living
  • Living and Working in Space
B. Bussey, JC. Worms (SAG co-chairs)
3 Science Opportunities of a Cislunar Deep Space Habitat G. Clement, G. Osinski (SAG members)
4 Science Opportunities at an Asteroid in Cislunar Space M. Fujimoto, T. McCoy (SAG members)
5 Science Opportunities on the Lunar Surface I. Crawford, C. Neal (SAG members)
6 Science of the GER Reference Missions All
7 Conclusions All

Science Paper Framework

  • Targets non-specialist policy makers and agency leaders as an audience
  • 15-20 pages long
  • Structured around grand science themes rather than research disciplines
  • Captures scientific opportunities in all relevant disciplines
  • Focuses on near term mission themes
  • Highlights how these mission themes can be optimized to maximize science return
  • Drawn partially on existing authoritative reviews