The 26th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference will be held March 13-17 in Houston, Texas. The conference will begin with a reception and registration Sunday, March 12, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Registration will continue beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Monday morning, March 13, at the NASA Johnson Space Center. Sessions will be held at the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) and the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 13, and ending Friday, March 17, at noon.
Authors presenting by poster who want to show VCR tapes may sign up for one-hour slots on a first-come, first-served basis in Room 204 of the Gilruth Center. A tape player and monitor will be available in that room for video presentations. You may want to advertise the times your video will be presented on your poster board during the Tuesday or Thursday evening session.
The cookoff and Tex-Mex Fiesta will be held on Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Landolt Pavilion. Out-of-town 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. Guest tickets may be purchased for $10.
Chili Cookoff Teams should complete an entry form (provided with the Third Announcement mailing) and return it to LPI by February 17 to enter a chili in the cookoff. The judges are hoping for a few good cooks, so organize your teams and enter now!
The program and first paragraph of abstracts for the 26th LPSC will be placed on line on or around February 1, 1995.
World-Wide Web (WWW) Access
If you are using an Internet information browser like NCSA Mosaic, the URL for LPI is
At your system's prompt, type
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For modem access (at 14.4K/9600 bps), DEC VT series terminal emulation (100 and above) is required.
Press < ENTER> until you receive the username prompt. Use only lower-case characters for logging onto this account.
If you have questions concerning the online abstracts or program, contact Sarah Enticknap (e-mail: email@example.com; phone: 713-486-2164). For questions about accessing the LPI computer or navigating the online system, contact Eleta Malewitz (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: 713-486-2197). Telephone assistance is available from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Time.
Those who fail to attend and do not notify the LPI Publications and Program Services Department prior to March 10 will forfeit their full fee.
Registration will continue beginning at 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday morning, March 13, at the JSC Gilruth Center. The registration desk will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Friday.
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. No shuttle service is available from the Residence Inn by Marriott or the South Shore Harbour Resort. There will be rotational runs in the morning, during lunch, at the close of sessions, and to and from these hotels during special events. Your conference badge will serve as your bus ticket.
The conference shuttle will also make hourly stops at LPI during the week. Computer displays, exhibits, poster sessions, and other conference-related events will be located at the LPI throughout conference week.
In addition, for those driving rental cars, we will provide a "park and ride" service for anyone arriving at LPI for the reception and registration on Sunday evening or the poster sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. If you arrive after the LPI parking lot has been filled, additional parking has been acquired in a lot at the University of Houston-Clear Lake (next door to LPI). Shuttle buses will pick you up at this lot and deliver you to the front door of LPI.
Ground transportation from Houston Intercontinental and Houston Hobby Airports to the local area hotels at a reasonable cost is available through two shuttle services.
AAA Shuttle charges $10 one way from Hobby Airport and $15 one way from Houston Intercontinental Airport. Service is limited to three trips per day from each airport. The scheduled departures from Intercontinental are at 7:40 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 2:45 p.m. Scheduled departures from Hobby are at 8:20 a.m., 11:50 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. The telephone number for AAA Shuttle is 713-338-7133.
Service from both airports is also available through Galveston Limousine Service (vans and small buses are used for the airport shuttle). This service offers trips from Intercontinental Airport from 7:00 a.m. through 10:00 p.m. every one and one-half hours. The scheduled trips from Hobby Airport are from 8:00 a.m. through 11:00 p.m. every one and one-half hours. The rate from either airport for a one-way trip is $15. The telephone numbers for Galveston Limousine Service are 713-223-2256 (Houston line) or 409-765-5288 (Galveston line).
No public transportation is available from the airports to the local area, or within the local area surrounding NASA Johnson Space Center. Taxi service is available from the airports and in the local area. Taxi service rates are approximately $20-25 from Hobby Airport or $50-60 from Intercontinental Airport.
A message center will be in the conference registration area at the Gilruth Center during the technical sessions. People who need to contact attendees during the conference may call 713-483-0321, Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Friday from 8:00 a.m. until noon. A fax machine will be located at the staff desk for incoming messages only. Faxes should be sent to 713-483-8737. Telephone messages and faxes will be posted on a bulletin board near the Registration Desk.
Please contact the LPI Publications and Program Services Department at 713-486-2166 for further information.
Monday Morning, 8:30 a.m.
A Basaltic Meteorites: Real and Virtual
B Mars Exploration: Pathfinder and Beyond
10:15 a.m. Lunar Exploration Strategies and Resources
C Origins of Planetary Systems
9:15 a.m. Remote Sensing
Monday Afternoon, 1:30 p.m.
C Special Plenary Session
Presentations to the 1994 Stephen E. Dwornik Student Paper Award Winners followed by
Harold Masursky Lecture by Michael J. Drake
The Moon: What We (Think We) Know About It, How We Know It, and What We Don't Know!
Monday Afternoon, 2:30 p.m.
A Presolar Grains
B Mars Surface Mineralogy and Remote Sensing
C Special Session: Clementine Explores the Moon
D Outer Planets/Satellites
Monday Evening, 6:00 p.m.
A Reception hosted by GSA to honor the 1994 Stephen E. Dwornik Student Paper Award Winners
Tuesday Morning, 8:30 a.m.
A Chondrule Formation
B Mars Geophysics
C Lunar Highlands Rocks and Geology
Tuesday Afternoon, 1:30 p.m.
A Calcium-Aluminum-rich Inclusions and Their Formation Processes
B Mars Geology
C Lunar Mantle Processes and Mare Basalts
D Tektites and Impact Studies
Tuesday Evening, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
LPI Poster Session I and Education Special Session Displays Planetary Science Educational Activities and Technology
Wednesday Morning, 8:30 a.m.
B Meteorites and Mars I: Surface, Volatiles, and Atmosphere
C Meteorites from the Moon
9:45 a.m. Lunar Surface Processes
D Craters on the Earth with Diamonds
Wednesday Afternoon, 1:30 p.m.
A Meteorites and Mars II: Focus on ALH84001
B The Chicxulub Syndrome
C Special Session: Discovery
Wednesday Afternoon, 5:30 p.m.
C NASA Program Managers' Meeting
Wednesday Evening, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Conference Social Event, Landolt Pavilion
Thursday Morning, 8:30 a.m.
A Differentiated Meteorite Melange
B Venus Resurfacing and Lithospheric Properties
C The NEAR Mission and the Nature of S-class Asteroids
Thursday Afternoon, 1:30 p.m.
A Interplanetary Dust
B Venus Geology and Surface Properties
C Planetary Interior Processes
D Asteroids, Too
Thursday Evening, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
LPI Poster Session II
Education Special Session Displays Planetary Science Educational Activities and Technology
Friday Morning, 8:30 a.m.
A Carbonaceous Chondrites
B Volcanism and Lava Flows
C Shoemaker-Levy 9 Impacts