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March 9-15, 2020 / Vol 39, No 10 / Hawai`i Island, USA

6 Mar 2020, 20:48 UTC
March 9-15, 2020 / Vol 39, No 10 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Annual Microsymposium 61, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 51 Being Hosted at Woodlands, Texas

Co-Organizers Jack Mustard of Brown University and Vlada Stamenkovic of NASA JPL are expecting broad international participation during Microsymposium 61: Planets Underground – The Next Frontier in Planetary Exploration, set for Mar 14-15 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Input is expected “from Russia, China, ESA, India, Japan, USA, Korea, and other space-faring nations and commercial enterprises” on the topic of non-terrestrial subsurface investigation – a study which holds particular contemporary relevance for long-term off-world habitation. Data collected by GRAIL has shown the Moon interior contains significant amounts of empty space which humans might occupy; shielding residents from cosmic radiation and mitigating thermal extremes and impact risks. Microsymposium 61 is followed by 51st LPSC on Mar 16-20. Founded as Apollo 11 Lunar Science Conference, LPSC has since 1970 gathered a range of physical scientists to focus on lunar and planetary data, research and exploration. LPSC 2020 is sponsored by Universities Space Research Association, LPI and NASA. Conference co-chairs Eileen Stansbery of NASA JPC and Louise Prockter of LPI will welcome ~1,800 participants for 1,300 poster presentations and a plethora of lectures and ...

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