Finding their way


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The road to tomorrow lies before us, but planetary scientists must decide which way to go. With an eye on planetary exploration for the next two decades, NASA's Office of Space Science is convening a meeting and dedicating an Internet web site to mapping out its “Mission to the Solar System.”

In an recent letter to space scientists, Charles Elachi, director of the Space and Earth Science Programs Directorate, announced that NASA is seeking “ideas and concepts for themes and missions” in our solar system that would be carried out between 2000 and 2012. Scientists, engineers, technologists, and educators are being asked to help define “visionary but affordable” missions—and the technologies needed to achieve them—including a survey of the solar system and planetary mobility, in situ studies, and sample return.