Questions regarding the technical content of this meeting should be
directed to one of the conveners shown below:

Mail Stop 180-701 Mail Stop 239-12 Mail Stop 183-335
Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA Ames Research Center       Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4800 Oak Grove Drive Moffett Field CA 94035 4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena CA 91109 Pasadena CA 91109   

Lunar and Planetary Institute

Lunar and Planetary Institute
Mars Program Office, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The purpose of this workshop is to provide a colloquium-type environment intended to increase awareness of the 2001 mission's goals and potential. Through talks by invited speakers, the workshop will exhibit the instruments, scientific goals, and enhanced science opportunities afforded by integration of mission activities and collaboration between "planetary elements" and "HEDS elements." There will also be speakers from previous, current, and upcoming Mars missions to ensure that 2001 science is built on the most informed platform possible. Participants will have an opportunity to provide input on scientific issues raised by these presentations. Material presented at the workshop should assist participants in developing ideas that may be proposed to the Headquarters Participating Scientist Program.

Talks and posters by participants will address broad science areas to provide a database of ideas that will feed into the splinter-group sessions for discussion in the context of current mission goals and capabilities. One of the "real-time" products of the workshop will be written summaries of the splinter-group discussions, to be published as part of the post-workshop report. The discussions should relate 2001 mission capabilities/objectives to information recently returned from other missions and current scientific thinking in order to assist the mission in formulating synergistic science strategies.

As a follow-on from the recent Mars 2001 landing site meeting at Buffalo, the process of downselecting a landing site has been added to the workshop. Input from the presentations, posters, and splinter-group discussions should assist this process and lead to a smaller number of candidate landing sites. The splinter groups will be specifically requested to rank the site candidates in the context of the group science topics, and there will be a plenary discussion and summation of splinter-group site preferences.

All presenters listed on the preliminary program are requested to submit an extended abstract for the workshop volume and post-workshop report. Extended abstracts for the invited talks and contributed abstracts must not exceed three pages (including text, graphics, tables, and references), and should be submitted electronically to the Lunar and Planetary Institute by September 3, 1999, 5:00 p.m. CDT. Abstracts should be submitted using the electronic abstract submission form and cannot be sent by e-mail. Complete details for preparing and submitting your abstract, including templates and detailed instructions for a number of common formats, are now available. Abstracts will be published in a volume that will be distributed to all attendees at the meeting.

NOTE:  The electronic abstract submission form is only supported by Netscape Navigator (version 2.0 or higher) and Internet Explorer (version 4.0 ONLY). Be aware that electronic transmission of files is not always instantaneous; gateways can temporarily be shut down, local routers can fail, network traffic can be very heavy, etc. DO NOT wait until the last minute to access the system; access to the Web form will TERMINATE at 5:00 p.m. CDT.

All speakers shown on the preliminary program will have the time period shown for their talk, minus 5 minutes for discussion following their presentation. Dual slide and overhead projectors will be available to support oral presentations. A downloadable visual-aids schedule is available; speakers should complete this form and give it to the projectionist at least 15 minutes prior to their presentation. The Lecture Hall at LPI where the sessions will be held has a rear-screen projection system; those who bring their own slide carousels should load them accordingly.

Poster Presentations
Authors of poster presentations may install their posters beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, October 2, and must remove their posters no later than noon on Monday, October 4. A dedicated poster session will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evening. All authors are requested to be at their posters during this time for discussion with the workshop participants. This poster session will be held during a reception for workshop participants that will start at 6:00 p.m., and will continue throughout the poster session.

Social Event/Poster Session
A reception will be held immediately following the afternoon session on Saturday, October 2. The reception will begin at 6:00 p.m., and will continue throughout the poster session, to be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to take this opportunity to discuss the content of the poster presentations with the authors who will be at their presentation during this time period.

Online Program and Abstracts
The preliminary program is now available. Abstracts should be available on line by September 17, 1999. Viewing these files requires version 3.0 or higher of Adobe's Acrobat Reader, which is available free of charge from Adobe Systems, Inc.

A fee of $60 ($40 for students) will be assessed each participant to cover workshop services. You must preregister and prepay by September 3, 1999, to avoid the $20 late fee. Foreign participants who state on the preregistration form that they have a currency exchange problem may pay in cash at the meeting and avoid the $20 late fee if they return the form by September 3, 1999. Requests for cancellation and a refunded fee will be accepted through September 24, 1999. An electronic preregistration form as well as a downloadable version are now available on this site.

Walk-in registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 2, 1999. The rate for walk-in registration will be $80 ($60 for students), which includes the $20 late fee. A continental breakfast will be served beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday and Monday.

A list of local hotels and a local area map are also available. Participants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements.

Participants may receive messages during the workshop by telephone at 281-244-2083 or by fax at 281-486-2160. Sessions will not be interrupted to deliver messages except in the event of an emergency. Messages will be posted on a board near the registration and staff desk located in the Great Room just outside the Lecture Hall.

Questions regarding the scientific content of the workshop should be directed to Cathy Weitz, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (, or John Marshall, NASA Ames Research Center (

Questions regarding announcements and logistics should be directed to LeBecca Simmons, Lunar and Planetary Institute, 3600 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston TX 77058-1113 (phone:  281-486-2158; fax:  281-486-2160; e-mail:

September 3, 1999     ELECTRONIC abstract submission deadline (5:00 p.m. CDT)
Preregistration deadline
October 2-4, 1999Mars 2001 Workshop at LPI

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