Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston
The conference will run March 7-11 at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center,
1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, . Texas
Key events include the unveiling of future planetary science strategy; early science results from a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency mission, called Hayabusa, that returned the first particle samples from an asteroid; presentations about the recent comet Hartley 2 flyby; and the upcoming MESSENGER mission, the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury.
The conference also will include a briefing about the Planetary Decadal Survey at on March 7. The survey is a strategy released by the National Research Council in
to prioritize missions, research areas and observations ten or more years into the future. The briefing's featured speaker will be Steve Squyres of Washington . He is the survey's chair and principal investigator for NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers. Cornell University
News media representatives interested in registering or obtaining more information should visit http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2011/.
The conference is hosted by the Lunar and Planetary Institute in
. The institute is managed by the Universities Space Research Association, a national, nonprofit consortium of universities chartered in 1969 by the National Academy of Sciences at NASA's request. Houston
For information about NASA and agency programs, visit http://www.nasa.gov.
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