Lunar And Planetary Conference Highlights Solar System Evolution

HOUSTON -- NASA researchers and other scientists will present findings that provide new insights into the evolution of the solar system during the 42nd annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

The conference will run March 7-11 at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Texas.

Key events include the unveiling of future planetary science strategy;
early science results from a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
mission, called Hayabusa, that returned the first particle samples
from an asteroid; presentations about the recent comet Hartley 2
flyby; and the upcoming MESSENGER mission, the first spacecraft to
orbit Mercury.

The conference also will include a briefing about the Planetary
Decadal Survey at 5:30 p.m. CST on March 7. The survey is a strategy
released by the National Research Council in Washington to prioritize
missions, research areas and observations ten or more years into the
future. The briefing's featured speaker will be Steve Squyres of
Cornell University. He is the survey's chair and principal
investigator for NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers.

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The conference is hosted by the Lunar and Planetary Institute in
Houston. The institute is managed by the Universities Space Research
Association, a national, nonprofit consortium of universities
chartered in 1969 by the National Academy of Sciences at NASA's request.

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Source: NASA

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