Lunar and Planetary Institute
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Public Invited to Free Symposium on the History of Planetary Exploration

October 11, 2012
Source:  NASA

SSE logoTo commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first successful planetary mission, Mariner 2 to Venus, the NASA History Program Office will host a symposium on the history of planetary exploration on October 25–26, 2012.

The event will be held at the Lockheed Martin Global Vision Center, 2121 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Virginia (in the Crystal City complex). Symposium participation is free and open to the public, although registration is required.

Keynote speeches will include “Exploring the Solar System:  Who has Done It, How, and Why?,” by Peter Westwick (University of Southern California), and “First On The Moon, Venus and Mars:  The Soviet Planetary Exploration Enterprise,” by Wesley T. Huntress Jr. (NASA Advisory Committee) and Mikhail Marov (Keldysh Institute).

Panel discussions will feature such topics as The Lure of the Red Planet; Public Perceptions, Priorities, and Solar System Exploration; Exploring the Outer Solar System; Institutional Arrangements in Solar System Exploration; and Roundtable – From the Past to the Future.

For more information, or to register for the symposium, visit

Solar System Exploration @ 50


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Last updated October 11, 2012