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Eileen Hawley March 6, 1995

RELEASE: 95-018


A wealth of scientific data gathered by the Clementine lunar probe detailing the surface and history of the moon will be one of the highlights of the 26th annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference to be held March 13-17 at the Johnson Space Center.

International experts in the fields of meteorites, astronomy, lunar geology and geochemistry will meet at JSC's Gilruth Center for five days of presentations that also will include data on NASA's planned Discovery and Mars Pathfinder missions; and information from the series of Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet impacts on the surface of Jupiter last July.

"The conference promises to be very exciting and interesting again this year," said Douglas Blanchard, chief of JSC's Earth Science and Solar System Exploration Division. "We will have a tremendous amount of expertise gathered in one place to share ideas and information, and I am sure the conference will provide many topics for discussion and future research."

The public is invited to an open house from 6-9 p.m. Sunday, March 19 at the Lunar and Planetary Institute.

Conference presentations beginning Monday are: 8:30 a.m. -- Basaltic Meteorites, Real and Virtual; Mars Exploration, Pathfinder and Beyond; Origins of Planetary Systems; and Mercury. 9:15 a.m. -- Remote Sensing. 10:15 a.m. -- Lunar Exploration Strategies and Resources.

A special session will be held at 1:30 p.m. with presentations to the 1994 Stephen E. Dwornik Student Paper Award Winners followed by the Harold Masursky Lecture. Dr. Michael J. Drake will discuss "The Moon: What We (Think We) Know About It, How We Know It, and What We Don't Know."

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The 2:30 p.m. presentations include: Presolar Grains; Mars Surface Mineralogy and Remote Sensins; a special session -- Clementine Explores the Moon; and Outer Planets/Satellites.

March 14, 8:30 a.m. -- Chondrule Formation; Mars Geophysics; and Lunar Highlands Rocks and Geology. 1:30 p.m. -- Calcium-aluminum-rich Inclusions and their Formation; Mars Geology; Lunar Mantle Processes and Mare Basalts; and Tektites and Impact Studies.

March 15, 8:30 a.m. -- Chondrites; Meteorites and Mars I, Surface, Volatiles and Atmosphere; Meteorites from the Moon; and Craters on the Earth with Diamonds. 9:45 a.m. -- Lunar Surface Processes. 1:30 p.m. -- Meteorites and Mars II; The Chicxulub Syndrome; and a special session on the Discovery programs.

March 16, 8:30 a.m. -- Differentiated Meteorite Melange; Venus Resurfacing and Lithospheric Properties; and The NEAR Mission and the Nature of S-class Asteroids. 1:30 p.m. -- Interplanetary Dust; Venus Geology and Surface Properties; Planetary Interior Processes; and Asteroids, Too.

March 17, 8:30 a.m. -- Carbonaceous Chondrites; Volcanism and Lava Flows; and Shoemaker-Levy 9 Impacts.

In addition to the daily sessions, scientists will participate in two Poster Sessions set for 6-9:30 p.m. March 14 and 16 at the Lunar Planetary Institute. The conference is co-sponsored by the Lunar and Planetary Institute and JSC. All sessions are at JSC's Gilruth Center.

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NOTE TO MEDIA: Dedicated lines are available for filing stories from the Gilruth Center.


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