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March 4-10, 2013 / Vol 32, No 9 / Hawai`i Island, USA

1 Mar 2013, 21:46 UTC
March 4-10, 2013 / Vol 32, No 9 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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International Ganymede Lander Workshop Advances Jupiter System Exploration
Ganymede, largest of Jupiter’s 67 known moons and the largest in the solar system with a 5,268-km diameter, is the focus of ‘Ganymede Lander: Scientific Goals and Experiments’ international colloquium and workshop held on March 4-8 at Space Research Institute (IKI) in Moscow, Russia. This 5-day event is sponsored by the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) and Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR). With deep-rooted cosmonautics, Russia may launch its space program into 21st Century exploration by building a Ganymede Lander compatible with the ESA Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) mission, expected to launch 2022. Seven scientific sessions on Mar 5-7 will cover topics including considerations for Ganymede landing site, lander, orbiter, payloads and spacecraft. IKI Director Lev Zelenyi (T) will welcome attendees and speak about ‘Cooperation in the Jupiter System Exploration.’ Participation from Japan, China and India has not yet been confirmed. RSA General Director Vladimir Popovkin (M) will follow with ‘Russian Plans for Studies of the Solar System: Technical, Scientific and International Aspects.’ The Mar 5 opening session includes an overview of JUICE given by Dmitrij Titov of ESA, a talk about the Europa Clipper mission concept (potentially launching 2021) ...

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