November 30th – December 1st, 2006
University of Alberta, Edmonton
The Space Exploration Advisory Committee of the Canadian Space Agency held its semi-annual meeting November 30-December 1, 2006 at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. The committee gave feedback on current CSA planetary exploration program elements and new CSA initiatives that impact the CSA planetary exploration program.
The committee visited the storage facilities for the recently acquired pristine Tagish Lake meteorites. Publicity and media inquiries resulting from a Science magazine paper written by NASA researchers on primitive, pre-solar organic compounds found in Tagish Lake, were coincident with the SEAC meeting.
Actions and Recommendations
ACTION (SEAC): To co-ordinate a SEAC study on the need for a Canadian lunar and planetary institute using LPI and analogous models and report back at SEAC XV.
ACTION (SEAC): To send the Chair names and contact information for proposed new members by January 1st 2007
Recommendation 1: SEAC recommends six Discipline Working Group contracts be awarded in order to represent the diversity of the community
Recommendation 2: SEAC recommends providing access to international analogue sites for Canadians.
Recommendation 3: SEAC recommends that the Canadian Analogue Research Network (CARN) welcome international participation in Canadian analogue sites
Recommendation 4: SEAC recommends that Canadian Space Exploration Workshop activities be placed in the context of the CSA Space Science and Exploration Thrust
Recommendation 5: The SEAC meeting agenda should include periodic open and closed sessions.
Recommendation 6: SEAC should hold regular additional teleconferences to which CSA could submit agenda items.