Next Steps in Exploring Deep Space, IAA/ESA Workshop, ESTEC
This workshop will build up on an ongoing IAA cosmic study "Next Steps in Exploring Deep Space", in order to provide a vision for the scientific exploration of space by humans in the first half of the 21st Century. The purpose is to provide a roadmap for a systematic, logical, and science-driven plan for exploration of the Solar System and unlocking the mysteries of the Universe-a program that builds gradually and systematically to establish a permanent presence at each outpost along the way and that builds the communications, transportation and other logistical infrastructure as it proceeds. The workshop will elaborate a set of long-term scientific goals for space exploration that provide the context for carrying out scientific investigations at specific destinations in space. The workshop will also consider the scientific priorities established by various communities and space agencies over the world.
Possible architectures will be discussed for the space flight infrastructure required to pursue these science goals at the specified destinations, including examination of the relevant policy, international aspects and public engagement in this enterprise.