Panel on Exploration (PEX)

Westall, F (France), 2018 – 2022
Mukai, C. (Japan), 2018 – 2022
Newman, D. (USA), 2018 – 2022
Intercommission/Panel Liaison:
Scientific Commission B: Foing, B. (ESA/ESTEC), 2012 – 2016*
Scientific Commission F: Reitz, G. (Germany), 2018 – 2022*
Panel on Planetary Protection: Kminek, G. (ESA/ESTEC), 2014 – 2018

Terms of Reference

The objective of the COSPAR Panel on Exploration (PEX) is to provide independent scientific advice to support the development of exploration programs and to safeguard the potential scientific assets of solar system objects. This advice will be drawn from expertise provided via the contacts maintained by COSPAR’s various bodies with the international community and scientific entities. The advice will represent the consensual view of the international scientific community and should ultimately serve as a guideline for future exploration activity and cooperative efforts.

The PEX will function by coordinating the multitude of relevant activities within COSPAR’s own scientific structure and by providing scientific advice as well as recommendations from the International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG), and, as appropriate, from the International Mars Exploration Working Group (IMEWG) to concerned space agencies in order to promote science objectives in programs which are adopted.

Ex-officio members will include the chairs or representatives of interested COSPAR Scientific Commissions and Panels and a delegate member of ILEWG. The Panel may also call on experts in the various domains relevant to exploration.

For further details please visit the PEX home page.

PEX report: Toward a Global Space Exploration Program: A Stepping Stone Approach

Last update of terms of reference 26 May 2011

* (after officer term) = second and final term in the office indicated