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NASA SMD COMMUNITY TOWN HALL, Oct 6, 2022, virtual, 10:30 am ET

The leadership of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) will hold its next community Town Hall meeting on October 6, 2022 at 10:30 am ET.  These Town Hall meetings typically feature the head of SMD, Thomas Zurbuchen, and the heads of each of the five divisions (astrophysics, biological and physical research, earth science, heliophysics, and planetary science and astrobiology) giving brief updates followed by a Q&A session with questions entered electronically.

Dr. Zurbuchen recently announced that he will be leaving NASA at the end of the year. NASA has posted the position searching for his successor.

Instructions for how to listen to the meeting and how to submit a question were posted in the September 25, 2022 Planetary Exploration Newsletter and are reproduced below.

It is open to “Members of SMD, the science community, academia, the media, and the public.”


NASA’s Science Mission Directorate will hold a community town hall
meeting with Associate Administrator for Science Thomas H. Zurbuchen
and his leadership team on Thursday, October 6 at 10:30 AM Eastern
Time, to discuss updates to NASA’s science program and share the
current status of NASA activities. Members of SMD, the science
community, academia, the media, and the public are invited to
participate by joining at the link below.


If prompted, please use event number 2764 141 1204, followed by event
password PNpncwFe834 (76762933 from phones).

Participants are invited to submit questions and/or vote up questions
already posted at:


Users must provide their first and last name and organization and can
submit their own questions or vote up questions submitted by others.
The meeting leaders will try to answer as many of the submitted
questions as possible.

Presentation materials will be available for download and a recording
will be available later that day at:




October 6
10:30 am - 11:00 pm