Lunar and Planetary Institute







The Mantle of Mars: Insights from Theory, Geophysics, High-Pressure Studies, and Meteorites
From illustration courtesy of PSRD Discoveries.

SPONSORS

Universities Space Research Association

Lunar and Planetary Institute

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
CONVENERS
 
Jim Papike
University of New Mexico

Charles Shearer
University of New Mexico

Dave Beaty
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
SCIENCE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
 
Bruce Banerdt
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dave Beaty
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Lars Borg
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Linda Elkins-Tanton
Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington

Yingwei Fei
Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington

Jim Papike
University of New Mexico

Kevin Righter
NASA Johnson Space Center

Charles Shearer
University of New Mexico

 

Final Announcement — July 2012

Meeting Location and Date

The Mantle of Mars Workshop will be held September 10–12, 2012, at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), located in the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) building, 3600 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston TX 77058.

Important Note About Parking —

Limited visitor parking is available at the USRA building for workshop participants, so once the visitor parking section is full, workshop participants are asked to park in the University Baptist Church (UBC) parking lot. A shuttle bus will run continually throughout the workshop to take participants to and from their cars.

Directions from Bay Area Boulevard:  Turn left on Middlebrook Drive and continue 0.4 miles. The UBC parking lot will be on the right, just past Glenshannon Drive. There are plenty of parking spaces available for workshop participants, and signs will be posted at the shuttle pickup and drop off location at the north side of the lot.

Purpose and Scope

Over the last 15 years we have had a revolution in our understanding of the surface of Mars through robust orbital, landed in situ, and rover missions. The same cannot be said of our understanding of the martian interior. Nevertheless, we have made significant advances in our understanding through geophysical measurements that have been made, theoretical modeling, estimates of the bulk martian composition, and high-pressure studies. In addition, the suite of martian meteorites (~60 unpaired samples), which represent remnants of basaltic magmatism, have been used as “probes” of the martian mantle using geochemical and high-pressure techniques to establish the composition, mineralogy, and origin of their source regions. The samples have also been dated by several isotopic systems, giving us insight into the temporal evolution and dynamics of the mantle.

The goal of this workshop is to summarize what we know as well as what we need to know about the origin, evolution, and structure of the martian mantle (magma ocean vs. serial magmatism models, etc.). This is critical to understanding the role of mantle processes in shaping the martian surface, as well as similarities and differences in evolutionary pathways that shaped the terrestrial planets. We hope to gain insights into future mission concepts and to stimulate cross-discipline interactions.

Workshop Format

Monday, September 10 Welcome reception and poster session
Opening plenary
Tuesday, September 11

Oral presentations

Wednesday, September 12

Oral presentations; the workshop will conclude at 5:30 p.m.

For more details, view the complete program and abstracts. Authors can refer to the index to see where their presentation has been scheduled.

Registration

 

Through August 10

August 11–September 4

Onsite

Professionals

$150.00

$175.00

$200.00

Students

$125.00

$150.00

$175.00

The registration fee includes light refreshments and lunch on September 11 and 12. Civil servants are reminded to reduce their per diem for the lunches provided.

Credit card registrations:  Participants registering by credit card MUST use the secure electronic registration form.

Other methods of payment:  Those registering using any other method of payment (check, money order, traveler's check, or wire transfer) must contact the LPI Meeting Registrar for detailed instructions.

Note:  Participants required to register using a third party (e.g., SATERN for NASA civil servants) may still register in advance using the electronic registration form. The confirmation e-mail you receive after registering will include payment instructions to submit to the third party. Please be aware, however, that your registration will not be considered complete until the funds have been received.

Cancellations:  Requests for cancellation with a fee refund (less a $25.00 processing fee) will only be accepted through August 27, 2012. Those who fail to attend and do not notify USRA prior to the August 27, 2012, deadline will forfeit their full fee.

Accommodations

Participants are responsible for making their own travel and hotel reservations. For your convenience, a list of local hotels and a local area map showing their locations are provided.

Contacts

For information regarding the format and scientific objectives of the workshop, contact

Jim Papike
Institute of Meteoritics
Phone:  505-277-1646
E-mail:  jpapike@unm.edu

For information regarding meeting logistics or announcements, contact

Ingrid Dudley
Universities Space Research Association/
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Phone:  281-486-2151
Fax:  281-486-2125
E-mail:  idudley@hou.usra.edu

For information regarding registration, contact

Linda Tanner
Universities Space Research Association/
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Phone:  281-486-2142
Fax:  281-486-2125
E-mail:  ltanner@hou.usra.edu

Schedule

Deadline for registration at reduced rate August 10, 2012
Workshop on Mantle of Mars September 10–12, 2012


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