The 26th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Confernce will be held March 13-17, 1995, in Houston, Texas. Sessions will be held at the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) and the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI).

The LPSC program committee will select the conference program from written abstracts, which researchers in appropriate scientific disciplines are invited to submit no later than January 6, 1995. Instructions for preparing abstracts are available from the Publications and Program Services Department at LPI, 713-486-2166; Internet: dotson@lpi.usra.edu. Abstracts submitted by fax or e-mail will not be acknowledged as submissions or accepted for publication. Printed abstracts will be available at conference registration. Abstracts and conference program will be available on line around February 1. Instructions for accessing these and other meeting abstracts are given below.

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations will be scheduled during the four and a half days of parallel sessions Monday through Friday noon. Talks will be scheduled to allow eight minutes for speaking and seven minutes for discussion and speaker transition.

Poster Presentations

Poster sessions will be scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the LPI. Authors of papers selected and scheduled for poster presentations will be asked to be available to display and discuss their results in the poster area during the assigned time period. Additionally, posters may be viewed at LPI each day of the conference. Shuttle transportation between the Gilruth Center and LPI will be available. Each poster will have a space 44" x 44" for display. Requests for tables, computers, video equipment, etc., cannot be honored due to the limited space available for poster displays.


The Stephen E. Dwornik Planetary Geoscience Student Paper Awards are given for the best student research presentations at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Two awards are given annually: one for an oral presentation and one for a poster presentation. These awards are open to U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled as students at any degree level in the field of planetary geosciences. Postdoctoral fellows are not eligible. Complete instructions for application are available from the Publications and Program Services Department at LPI, 713-486- 2166 .


Masursky Lecture

The Harold Masursky Lecture Series will continue this year at a special plenary session at 1:30 p.m., Monday, March 13, 1995. Only one lecture will be given this year to allow time for the Clementine Special Session, also to be held in plenary.

Clementine Special Session

The Defense Department's Clementine Mission mapped the entire Moon in 11 wavelengths in the visible and near-infrared, in addition to obtaining global altimetry and selected hi-res and thermal images. Data from this mission promise to revolutionize our knowledge and understanding of lunar processes and history. This session will include both invited and contributed talks from the Clementine Science and Flight teams that will give an overview of the scientific richness and potential of the Clementine data, as well as some of the exciting, initial scientific results. The Clementine Special Session will be held in plenary on Monday, March 13, 1995, following the Masursky Lecture.

Special Poster/Display Sessions on Education

Two special poster/display sessions on education will be held at LPI on the Tuesday and Thursday evenings during the regular technical poster sessions. The education special sessions will be located in and around the LPI library. Participants who need them will be provided with tables, electrical outlets, and equipment, as well as poster space to display and demonstrate the programs and products they have developed. This format allows participants to demonstrate some of the projects "hands-on" rather than simply describing them orally. Computer software, videos, handouts, etc., may be included as part of the presentations. Participants will be selected on the basis of the traditional informative abstracts by the program committee. (At the discretion of the program committee or its designates, some poster/display presentations may be invited.).


Chili Cookoff and Tex-Mex Fiesta

What would LPSC be without this traditional event? We are changing the flavor of the event this year by having a Tex-Mex dinner instead of the usual barbeque. The cookoff and dinner will be held on Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Landolt Pavilion. Out-of-town chili cookoff teams are encouraged to enter. Because the conference staff can no longer provide cooking equipment, the "preparation on site" rule common to most cookoffs will be waived to encourage more team participation. The goal of this event is fun, not serious cooking competition.



A fee of $50 ($30 for students) will be charged to cover conference services. Attendees can preregister and prepay by February 20, 1995, to avoid a $10 late fee. Foreign participants who state on the registration form that they have a currency exchange problem may pay in cash at the meeting and avoid the $10 late fee if they return the form by February 20. Preregistration forms are available from Publications and Program Services, LPI, 713-486-2166. Requests for cancellation and a refunded fee will be accepted through March 10. Those who preregister but do not attend and do not notify the LPI Publications and Program Services Department by March 10 will forfeit their full fee.

Sunday Night Registration

The Sunday night reception and registration will take place at LPI at 3600 Bay Area Boulevard from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Shuttle buses will operate from selected hotels to LPI on Sunday night.


Conference shuttle buses will provide service between selected hotels (Nassau Bay Hilton, Days Inn, Holiday Inn, Ramada Kings Inn, Quality Inn, Motel 6, and Best Western NASA Inn), the JSC Gilruth Center, and LPI. There will be shuttle runs in the morning, during lunch, at the close of sessions, and to and from these hotels during special events. Computer displays, exhibits, poster sessions, and other conference- related events will be located at LPI; shuttle buses will make hourly stops there throughout conference week. Your conference badge will serve as your bus ticket.

Contact the LPI Publications and Program Services Department for further information about conference logistics (713-486-2166) or abstracts (713- 486-2161).


The program and first paragraph of abstracts for the 26th LPSC awill be available on line on or around February 1, 1995. Online services are accessible through either an X window interface or DEC/VT character- based terminals (VT100 and above) and ANSI terminals.

X Window Interface

To access the online services via an X window interface, perform the following steps:

From an x-term window (if you are using a Sun workstation you may use a cmdtool window) telnet to cass.jsc.nasa.gov. At the login: prompt, type cass (you must use lower-case letters for login). At the password: prompt, type online. In order for the X window interface to work on your computer, you must know your display address.

Character-based Terminal

If you are using a character-based terminal, to access the abstracts via Internet, type

telnet cass.jsc.nasa.gov or telnet

To access the abstracts via DECNET (if your host does not support telnet), type

set host east

You will receive the Ultrix login prompt:

ULTRIX V4.0 (Rev. 179) east.gsfc.nasa.gov

login: cass.jsc.nasa.gov!

Type in the response shown above (do not forget the exclamation point!).

To access the abstracts via direct dial, call 713-244-2089 to connect to 19,200/9600/2400/1200 baud.

For all three methods of access, at the login: prompt type cass (you must use lower-case letters for login). At the password: prompt, type online.

Once you have successfully logged onto the system, choose "Activities" from the main menu bar. You will be given a list of resources available; choose "Meetings and Abstracts," and you will be given a choice of current meetings or past abstracts. Choose "Current Meetings" to display a list of the current (within the last six months) and upcoming CASS- sponsored meetings. Announcements, programs, and abstracts for all LPI meetings can be searched, browsed, and downloaded.

For questions concerning preparation and transmission of your abstract or as it appears on line, contact Renee Dotson (e-mail: dotson@lpi.usra.edu; phone: 713-486-2188). If you need help accessing the LPI computer or navigating the online system, contact Eleta Malewitz (e-mail: malewitz@lpi.usra.edu; phone: 713-486-2197). Telephone calls requesting assistance in accessing or using the online system should be placed between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time.