Lunar and Planetary Institute
Lunar and Planetary Institute



Media Advisory 2

February 2, 2007

Contact:  Karin Hilser
Lunar and Planetary Institute


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1. Highlighted abstracts from the meeting
2. Special sessions
3. Press conference times and topics




1.  Highlighted Abstracts

The LPSC program committee was tasked with identifying abstracts deemed to be particularly newsworthy.  In addition to the abstracts to be presented in the three special sessions, the committee highlighted the abstracts listed below.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Oral Presentations

1930     Preliminary HiRISE Polar Geology Results
              S. Byrne, K. E. Herkenhoff, P. Russell, C. Hansen, A. McEwen, HiRISE Team
              2:45 p.m., Marina Plaza Ballroom

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Oral Presentations

2300     Early HiRISE Observations of Fluvial and Hydrothermal Features
              V. C. Gulick, A. S. McEwen
              1:30 p.m., Marina Plaza Ballroom

Poster Presentations (6:30 p.m., Fitness Center)

1476     First CRISM Observations of Layered Material in Western Candor Chasma
              S. Murchie, J.-P. Bibring, J. Bishop, D. Humm, R. Milliken, J. Mustard, S. Pelkey, L. Roach,
              F. Seelos, K. Seelos, CRISM Science Team

2096     Identification & Spatial Distribution of Water Frost at Low Latitudes on Mars
              F. G. Carrozzo, G. Bellucci, F. Alttieri, J-P. Bibring

2423     Observation of Frost at the Equator of Mars by the Opportunity Rover
              G. A. Landis

2078     New Phyllosilicate Mineral Signatures from West of Nili Fossae, Mars Through Combined
              OMEGA-CRISM Analysis

              B. L. Ehlmann, J. F. Mustard, S. M. Pelkey, L. H. Roach, F. Poulet, J-P. Bibring, S. L. Murchie

1442     Early HiRISE Observations of Light-toned Layered Deposits
              C. M. Weitz, A. S. McEwen, C. H. Okubo, P. Russell, J. A. Grant, C. Dundas, N. Bridges, HiRISE

2018     Fine-grained and Boulder-rich Layers in Terby Crater as Seen in HiRISE Images
              S. A. Wilson, A. D. Howard, J. M. Moore, J. A. Grant

1955     Early HiRISE Observations of Ring/Mound Landforms in Athabasca Valles, Mars
              W. L. Jaeger, L. P. Keszthelyi,  A. S. McEwen, C. H. Dundas, P. S. Russell, HiRISE Team

1906     HiRISE Observations of Mars’ Southern Seasonal Frost Sublimation
              C. J. Hansen, A. S. McEwen, C. Okubo, N. Bridges, S. Byrne, V. Gulick, K. Herkenhoff, K. Kolb,
              M. Mellon, P. Russell, HiRISE Team

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Oral Presentations

1457    Search for Contemporary Interstellar Dust in the Stardust Collector
             A.J. Westphal, R. K. Bastien,  A. L. Butterworth, J. Von Korff, D. Anderson, B. Mendez, R. Prasad,  
             N. Kelley, D. Frank, R. Lettieri, Z. Gainsforth, C. J. Snead, J. L. Warren, M. E. Zolensky
             11:30 a.m. Marina Plaza Ballroom

1437    Opportunity Results at Victoria Crater, Meridiani Planum
              S.W. Squyres, Athena Science Team
               8:30 a.m., Crystal Ballroom A

2286     Placing Comet 81P/Wild 2 Organic Particles into Context with Chondritic Organic Solids
              G. D. Cody, H. Yabuta, C. M. O’D. Alexander, T. Araki, A. L. D. Kilcoyne
              10:30 a.m. Marina Plaza Ballroom

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Oral Presentations

2202     Morphological Evidence for a Sea-Ice Origin for Elysium Planitia Platy Terrain
              M. R. Balme, J. B. Murray, S. F. Ackley, J.-P. Muller, J. R. Kim
             10:30 a.m., Crystal Ballroom A

2066     Early HiRISE Observations of Athabasca Valles:   A Lava-draped Channel System
             W. L. Jaeger, L. P. Keszthelyi, A. S. McEwen, P. S. Russell, HiRISE Team
              11:15 a.m. Crystal Ballroom A

2441     Mechanical and Flow Model Constraints on the Origins of Platy Flows on Mars: Lava, Frozen Sea or               Something Rather Muddy?
              S. E. H. Sakimoto, T. K. P. Gregg, A. L. Fagan
              11:00 a.m., Crystal Ballroom A

2035     Sea Ice Ridging and Rafting Structures:  Is the microstructural controlled transition from Ductile to               Brittle Behavior on Earth also seen on Mars?
              S. F. Ackley, P. Wagner, H. Xie
              10:45 a.m., Crystal Ballroom A

Poster Presentations (6:30 p.m., Fitness Center)

2248     Students and Public Particpation in Acquiring and Analyzing HiRISE Images
              V. C. Gulick, G. Deardorff, B. Kanefsky, A. Davatzes

1541     MARSIS Radar Sounder Observations in the Vicinity of Ma’adim Vallis
              O. L. White, E. R. Stofan, J. J. Plaut, A. Safaeinilli, Y. Gim, G. Picardi, MARSIS Team

Friday, March 16, 2007

Oral Presentations

2009     HiRISE Observations of Small Impact Craters on Mars
              A.S. McEwen, J. A. Grant, L.L. Tornabene, S. Byrne, K.E. Herkenhoff, HiRISE Science Team
              8:30 a.m., Crystal Ballroom A

2288     The Modern Impact Cratering Flux at the Surface on Mars
              O. Aharonson
              8:45 a.m., Crystal Ballroom A

1636     If the Late Heavy Bombardment of the Moon Was a Terminal Cataclysm, What Are Some                            Implications for Mars?
              S. C. Solomon, J. W. Head III
              11:15 a.m., Crystal Ballroom A

1440     Periglacial Evidence (using HiRISE, MOC and THEMIS imagery) in Utopia and Western Elysium Planitia, for a Recent Wet and              Warm Mars
              R. J. Soare, G. R. Osinski
              8:30 a.m., Marina Plaza Ballroom

2.  Special Sessions

A brief description of each special session appears below with a link to the complete schedule for the session.  From the schedule you may click on the title of each talk to bring up the abstract for each presentation.

Special Session on SMART-1
Tuesday Morning, March 13, 8:30 a.m., Amphitheater

After one-and-a-half years of orbital science, Europe's first lunar mission, SMART-1, ended with a bang in September 2006 when the probe was directed to crash into the Moon's nearside. Astronomers observed the impact flash and ejecta debris. The low-cost probe tested solar electric propulsion techniques and a suite of remote sensing instruments as it mapped the Moon's surface. This session will provide an overview of the newest results from the mission, e.g., lunar composition, origins, and evolution; the study of impact, volcanic, and tectonic processes; the mapping of polar regions; and surveys for future lunar exploration.

Special Session on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Tuesday Morning, March 13, 8:30 a.m., Crystal Ballroom A
The primary science phase for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) began on November 7, 2006. All MRO instruments are returning excellent data, providing higher-resolution data than has been previously been obtained from orbit. In the first five months of the mission, MRO will acquire several terabytes of data. MRO carries six science instruments: HiRISE, a high-resolution camera [ground sampling distance (GSD) ~0.3 m]; CTX, a context camera (GSD = 6 m); CRISM, a visible-near-IR imaging spectrometer (GSD = 20 m, spectral range = 0.4–3.96 µm); MARCI, a wide-angle color imager; MCS, an atmospheric IR sounder; and SHARAD, a shallow radar sounder (to a depth of ~0.5 km). Additionally, the accelerometer and radar tracking data provide data on atmospheric density and the martian gravity field. This session will provide an overview of new results, covering a wide range of studies. Specific investigations will be presented in other relevant Mars sessions.

Special Session on Volcanism and Tectonics on Saturnian Satellites
Tuesday Afternoon, March 13, 1:30 p.m., Crystal Ballroom A
Cassini's tour of the Saturn system has revealed a wealth of detail on the planet's icy satellites. Cassini has returned mapping images of 100–200 m/pixel for many of these satellites and high-resolution images down to 20–40 m/pixel in a few locations. Unprecedented disk-resolved near-infrared multispectral data have also been returned. These new data have helped resolve some Voyager-era mysteries, but have raised even more new questions. Satellites such as Dione and Enceladus have proved to be even more geologically active than hinted at by Voyager. Participants are invited to present their latest views on the roles of tectonism and volcanism in creating these geologically diverse bodies.

3.  Press Conferences

The Lunar and Planetary Institute will be hosting two press conferences on Monday, March 12:

Volcanism and Tectonics on Saturnian Satellites
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)

Logistical information and information on presenters will be forthcoming.

Beyond these two formal press opportunities, any member of the working press that would like to interview the authors of any abstract being presented at the meeting should contact Karin Hilser before March 5. An effort will be made to determine a mutually convenient time and location for these interviews during the week of the conference.


Last updated February 7, 2007