It is critically important that the community participate in the current ongoing discussion for the NASA roadmaps. Particularly if you are an early career researcher. This is your opportunity to make the case for what you think is interesting and important.
NASA is going through a series of Roadmap exercises by the different directorates, trying to set medium and long term policy for science goals, technology development and capabilities.
The NASA Astrobiology Program is doing a rolling series of Roadmap input sessions for four themes for Astrobiology.
Each theme kicks off with a web chat session to define the issues for discussion, followed by a one week open input session for suggestions for new ideas and open issues from the community.
The first week kicked off with Solar System Exploration, with the web chat taking place last monday from 2-3 EST.
A forum at astrobiologyfuture.org provides a transcript of the web discussion, and a curated discussion forum for people to raise issues, pose open questions and present new ideas.
Next week is the discussion on Prebiotic Evolution, followed by Early Evolution of Life and the Biosphere and then Planetary Conditions for Life.
It is very very important that interested members of the community provide input to these fora. Please read over the ongoing discussion and tell us what you think is important in interesting.