The 28th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference will be held in Houston, Texas, on March 17-21, 1997. Sessions will be held as usual at the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) and the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI).
The LPSC program committee created the conference program from abstracts submitted by researchers in appropriate scientific disciplines. Complete abstracts will be available on line this year in PDF format, viewable with the Adobe Acrobat reader, which can be downloaded free from the World-Wide Web site:
In addition to the traditional printed volumes, abstracts will be available on CD-ROMs for the first time; both versions will be available at conference registration.
The LPI Publications and Program Services Department has created a Web site with complete information on the 1997 LPSC at
From special session information to local area maps, this site is the "one-stop shopping" center for the conference.Members of the community who do not have Web access will receive information in the final announcement, to be mailed in early February.
There will be a special plenary session on Galileo featuring an invited talk by Torrence Johnson entitled "Galileo: Year One at Jupiter," from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Monday. Immediately following the plenary there will be a special parallel session on Galileo and a second special parallel session on Tuesday morning.
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. We need more teams to take part in the cookoff, and will cancel the cookoff portion of the event if we do not receive sufficient entries by the February 24 deadline. Join the fun by entering your favorite concoction and compete against other secret recipes. There will be awards for best presentation as well as first-, second-, and third-place awards for the best chili.
You can register by completing and submitting either the electronic registration form or the downloadable registration form found at the LPSC Web site.
Requests for cancellation and refunded fee will be accepted through March 7, 1997. Those who fail to attend and do not notify the LPI Publications and Program Services Department prior to March 7 will not receive a refund.
Monday morning, 8:30 a.m.
Room A Mars Flows and Processes
Room B ALH 84001: Carbonates and Life (?)
Room C Origins of Planetary Systems: Observations and Theory
Monday afternoon, 1:30 p.m.
Room C SPECIAL SESSION (plenary) - Galileo: Year One at Jupiter
Monday afternoon, 2:30 p.m.
Room A Achondrites
Room B Mars Tectonics and Geophysics
Room C SPECIAL SESSION - Galileo Mission Results: Overview and Io
Room D Dust to Spherules-Captive and At Large
Monday afternoon, 5:30 p.m.
Room A Reception to honor the GSA 1996 Stephen E. Dwornik Student Paper Award Winners
Tuesday morning, 8:30 a.m.
Room A Ordinary and Enstatite Chondrites
Room B Mars Remote Sensing
Room C SPECIAL SESSION - Galileo Mission Results: Europa and Ganymede
Room D Lunar Basins to Regolith: Processes and Effects
Tuesday afternoon, 1:30 p.m.
Room A Presolar Grains
Room B Lifeless (?) Martian Meteorites
Room C Outer Planetary Satellites
Room D Future Missions? Innovation and Ambition
Tuesday evening, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
LPI SPECIAL SESSION Education and Outreach: Activities and Resources
LPI Poster Session I
Wednesday morning, 8:30 a.m.
Room A Chondrules
Room B Mars Water, Climate, and Life
Room C Lunar Highlands Crust
Room D Iron Meteorites
Wednesday afternoon, 1:30 p.m.
Building 2 SPECIAL SESSION (plenary) Harold Masursky Lectures: Meteorites on Ice and the Mars Connection
Symposium: New Results on the Possibility of Life in a Martian Meteorite
Panel Discussion - Life on Mars: Science Issues and Directions
Wednesday evening, 6:00-9:30 p.m.
Conference Social Event, Landolt Pavilion
Thursday morning, 8:30 a.m.
Room A Carbonaceous Chondrites
Room B Venus Regional and Global Analysis
Room C Lunar Origins and Igneous Evolution
Room D The Impact Story-Mechanics, Experiments, Models
Thursday afternoon, 1:30 p.m.
Room A Early Solar System Chronology
Room B Venus: The Lithosphere and the Atmosphere
Room C Lunar Mare Basalt Diversity and Distribution
Room D Terrestrial Impact Structures Ejecta, and Tektites
Thursday afternoon, 3:00 p.m.
Room B Mercury
Thursday evening, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
LPI SPECIAL SESSION - Education and Outreach: Activities and Resources
LPI Poster Session II
Friday morning, 8:30 a.m.
Room A CAIs and Hot Topics
Room B Small Bodies, Near and Far
Room C Planetary Interior Processes