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March 4, 1996

Eileen Hawley
Johnson Space Center
(713) 483-5111

Release: 96-007

Galileo's Jupiter Findings Highlight 27th Lunar Conference

Images and data gathered during the Galileo spacecraft's investigation of Jupiter will be one of the highlights of the 27th annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference to be held March 18-22 at the Johnson Space Center.

Once again, international experts in the fields of meteorites, astronomy, lunar geology and geochemistry will meet at JSCís Gilruth Center for five days of presentations and discussions, including a special plenary session on NASAís Space Science Program featuring NASAís Associate Administrator for Space Science, Wesley Huntress.

"The broad range of topics being presented this year promises another very exciting and interesting conference," said Doug Blanchard, chief of JSC's Earth Science and Solar System Exploration Division. "It's been an extremely exciting year for planetary exploration with the success of the Galileo probe successfully flying deep into the atmosphere of Jupiter and the February launch of the first of the Discovery missions. Iím sure the information presented will stimulate lively discussion and future research."

Conference presentations beginning March 18 are:

8:30 a.m.

  • Outer Planet Satellites
  • Ordinary Chondrites Martian Atmospheric and Fluvial Processes

At 1:30 p.m. the annual Harold Masursky Lecture will be given by Andy Ingersoll discussing ìProbing Questions About Jupiter.î Immediately before the lecture, the 1995 Stephen E. Dwornik Student Paper Award Winners will be honored.

The 2:30 p.m. presentations include:

  • Lunar Basins: Theory, Observations and Experiments
  • Stardust
  • Galileo Mission to Jupiter -- Results from Encounter and Reflectance Theory/Space Weathering Examples from the Moon

March 19, 8:30 a.m.:

  • The Lunar Highlands: Macro to Micro
  • CAIs and Carbonaceous Chondrites
  • Mars: Volcanic and Tectonic Processes

1:30 p.m.

  • Mare Basalts: Generation, Emplacement, Composition, and Distribution
  • Comets and Asteroids
  • Metal-rich Meteorites
  • Mars Deep Interior

3 p.m.

  • Planetary Interior Processes

March 20, 8:30 a.m.

  • Remote Sensing of the Moon and Mercury: Laboratory Measurements and Clementine, Galileo, Mariner and Kuiper Observations
  • Shergottites Crystallization, Weathering and Ejection
  • Terrestrial Impact Structures, Tektites and Spherules
  • From Small to Smaller

At 1:30 p.m., Huntress will be joined by H. C. Brinton, T. V. Johnson, and A. F Cheng for a special plenary session on the NASA Space Science Program.

Presentations include:

  • Space Science Program by Huntress
  • Planetary Research and Analysis by Brinton
  • Galileo Mission by Johnson
  • Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous by Cheng

Presentations resume at 2:30 p.m. with:

  • Mars: Mineral Spectroscopy and SNC Mineralogy
  • From Stars to Solar Nebula
  • Impact Materials and Effects
  • Newest Lunar Meteorites

3:45 p.m.

  • Solar Protons and Rare Gases

March 21, 8:30 a.m.

  • Resurfacing and Tectonic History of Venus
  • Meteorites: Martian Impact Story - Mechanics, Atmospheres and World Destruction

1:30 p.m.

  • Venus Volcanism and Tectonism
  • Chondrules in Ordinary Chondrites
  • K/T Impact and Impact Vaporization

March 22, 8:30 a.m.

  • Origins: From Stellar Death to Lunar Birth
  • Achondrites
  • Future Planetary Missions: Explorations in Progress

In addition to the daily sessions at JSCís Gilruth Center, scientists will participate in two Poster Sessions set for 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 19 and 21 at the Lunar and Planetary Institute. The conference is co-sponsored by the Lunar and Planetary Institute and JSC.

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


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