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Memorandum from Joshua Lederberg [announcing next meeting of Exobiology Committee 14 of the Space Science Board]

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18 act 1961 61 J 14/r-; TO: (;i, l-e, -f j. 3 t -. ?, j k :,\~A,y-~. b, cL.- ..---- -- I’ Exobiology Committee 14: Space Science Board, Nat i onal #! Academy-of- ‘enciK---~ FROM: Joshua Lederberg, Chai rman Call for Meeting Saturday, October 28, 1961, 9:OO A.M. Faculty Room, Dean’s Office Stanford Medical Center Palo Alto, California This is to remind you of the next meeting cf the Exobiology Committee 14 of the Space Science Board. I hoped we might review the general status of the planetary program and the picture of the biological experimentation for it. We should get a more detailed briefing from the JPL representative. At the present time the tentative planetary program seems to be: Launch Opportunities \fC?NJS Mars 1962 Mariner R flyby (Centaur not available) “B I 964 Mariner B flyby flyby (the capsule dropsonde is at present suspended) I 966 - Jan. ,967 Voyager - ? Voyager landing The abandonment of the Mariner B Mars capsule has many implications for the time course of planetary biology that should be discussed. I believe we should review old ground only briefly, e.g., micro- biological experiments involving microscopy, enzymology, culture, particle analysi 5. A separate sheet will be distributed that summarizes some of the approaches already thought of. \le should be starting to plan a package to see how different approaches match and complement one another. ble should stress new ideas, especially to be sure we are not over- looking some valuable opportunities outside microbiology. It would be particularly important to generate useful counsels on life detection at some distance - meters to kilometers - that might for example, influence the details of terrain photography. (If the Mariner B capsule is abandoned, what should be stressed to take its place in the bus to help define the Voyager program?) Role of Universities As always the most cogent problem is how these experiments will actually be acco

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