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Solar system Exploration @ 50 Symposium
10.19.12
 
Solar System Exploration @ 50 Symposium To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first successful planetary mission, Mariner 2 sent to Venus, the NASA History Program Office hosted a two-day symposium outlining the history of planetary exploration. On Oct. 25-26, 2012, the NASA History Program Office, NASA's Science Mission Directorate, the National Air and Space Museum and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory hosted a symposium to mark the 50th anniversary planetary exploration. The event was held at the Lockheed Martin Global Vision Center in Arlington, Va. Below is the agenda, as presented at the event.

Watch the entire conference on NASA's YouTube channel.

(Note: Many, but not all, panelists presented slide shows with their talks. Links to slide presentations are listed below.)

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012

8:30 a.m. Opening remarks by James H. Crocker, Vice President and General Manager, Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

9:00 a.m.
Keynote Speech
Peter Westwick (University of Southern California): Exploring the Solar System: Who Has Done It, How and Why?

9:45 a.m.
Panel 1: Politics and Policy in the Conduct of Solar System Exploration
Panel Chair: Marcia Smith (Space and Technology Policy Group)
Dwayne Day (National Research Council): The National Research Council’s Role in the American Planetary Exploration Program
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Roger Handberg (University of Central Florida): The Politics of Pure Space Science, the Essential Tension, Human Spaceflight’s Impact on Scientific Exploration
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Jason W. Callahan (The Tauri Group): Funding Planetary Science: History and Political Economy
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John M. Logsdon (George Washington University) and Andre Bormanis (Independent Writer/Producer): The Survival Crisis of the Planetary Program
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11:45 am-12:45 pm
Lunch Keynote Speaker
James L. Green (NASA): NASA’s Solar System Exploration Paradigm: The First Fifty Years and a Look at the Next Fifty
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1 p.m.
Panel 2: The Lure of the Red Planet
Panel Chair: Janet Vertesi (Princeton University)
Richard W. Zurek (JPL): Mars After 50 Years Of Space Exploration: Then, Now, and Beyond
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David Grinspoon (Denver Museum of Nature & Science): Evolving Concepts of Planetary Habitability In The Age Of Planetary Exploration
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Erik M. Conway (JPL): Dreaming of Mars Sample Return, From Viking to the Mars Science Laboratory
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W. Henry Lambright (Syracuse University): NASA, Big Science, And Mars Exploration: Critical Decisions From Goldin to Bolden
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3:15 p.m.
Panel 3: Public Perceptions, Priorities, and Solar System Exploration
Panel Chair: Heidi Hammel (Space Science Institute)
Linda Billings (George Washington University): Survivor(?): The Story Of s. Mitis on the Moon
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William R. Macauley (Freie Universität Berlin): ‘Instant Science’: Space Probes, Planetary Exploration And Televisual Media
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Laura Delgado López (Institute for Global Environmental Strategies): Killer Asteroids: Popular Depictions and Public Policy Influence
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Giny Cheong (George Mason University): Voyager: Exploring Through the Public Eye
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5:30 pm
Solar System Exploration @50 Reception, hosted by Lockheed Martin

Friday, Oct. 26, 2012

8:30 a.m.
Keynote Speech: Wesley T. Huntress, Jr. (NASA Advisory Committee) and Mikhail Marov (Keldysh Institute): First On The Moon, Venus And Mars: The Soviet Planetary Exploration Enterprise
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9:30 a.m.
Panel 4: Exploring the Outer Solar System
Panel Chair: Ralph McNutt (Applied Physics Laboratory)
Torrence V. Johnson (JPL): Outer Solar System Exploration: An Archetype of the Scientific Method
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Arturo Russo (University of Palermo): Europe’s Rendezvous With Titan: The European Space Agency’s Contribution in the Cassini-Huygens Mission to the Saturnian System
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Robert Pappalardo (JPL): Revealing Europa’s Ocean
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11:30a.m.-1 p.m.
Lunch
1 p.m.
Panel 5: Institutional Arrangements in Solar System Exploration
Panel Chair: Joan Johnson-Freese (U.S. Naval War College)
J.D. Burke (JPL): Foundations of Solar System Exploration At JPL: How the First Mariners and Rangers Built Them
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John Sarkissian (CSIRO): Mariner 2 And The CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope: Fifty Years Of International Collaboration
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Michael Neufeld (National Air and Space Museum): Transforming Solar System Exploration: The Applied Physics Laboratory and the Origins of the Discovery Program, 1989-1993
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Petar Markovski (University of Oklahoma): International Cooperation in Solar System Exploration: The Cases of Ulysses and Giotto
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3:15 p.m.
Panel 6: Roundtable – From the Past to the Future
Moderator: Andrew Chaikin (Independent Space Historian)
Glenn E. Bugos (Ames Research Center): Precursor Missions: The Science of What Comes Next
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Amy Paige Kaminski (NASA): Faster, Better, Cheaper: A Sociotechnical Perspective on the Meanings of Success and Failure in NASA's Solar System Exploration Program
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G. Scott Hubbard (Stanford University): Exploring Mars: Following the Water
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Chas Beichman (Caltech): The Sarch for and Study of Extra-solar Planets: Extending Planetary Science Into the Realm of Classical Astronomy
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