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Bidding farewell to the West mansion, the LPI begins operations in the new USRA facility on the corner of Middlebrook Drive and Bay Area Boulevard in Clear Lake.


April 6–7
The Joint Workshop on New Technologies for Lunar Resource Assessment is held in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Co-sponsored by the LPI, JSC, and DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory, the workshop is convened by Richard Elphic and David McKay.


June 29–July 1

The MSATT Workshop on Evolution of the Martian Atmosphere is held in Kona, Hawaii. The workshop is convened by Bruce Jakosky and Janet Luhmann, with administrative and logistical support provided by the LPI.


August 10–12

The International Colloquium on Venus is held on the campus of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. Convened by Steve Saunders and Sean Solomon, the workshop is co-sponsored by the LPI.


LPI scientists and staff teach the first session of "Exploring the Solar System," a course developed for the Alpha Program of the Clear Creek Independent School District. Alpha is a program for gifted and talented students in the district who are selected to participate in extracurricular courses that run the gamut from computer programming to marine biology to creative writing.

November 9–10
The Workshop on the Space Environment:  Effects on the Optical Properties of Airless Bodies is held at the LPI. The workshop, sponsored by the LPI, is convened by Bruce Hapke, Mark Cintala, and Deborah Domingue. The result of the workshop is the formation of a consortium to study questions raised about the inner solar system and outer satellites by further observations, laboratory experiments, and studies of extraterrestrial samples.


December 2–3
The Lunar and Planetary Sample Team (LAPST) and the LPI co-sponsor a Workshop on the Geology of the Apollo 17 Landing Site. The goals of the workshop, convened by Graham Ryder, Harrison Schmitt, and Paul Spudis, are to review the geology and petrology of the Apollo 17 landing site and suggest profitable lines of research in lunar sample, remote sensing, photogeological, and theoretical studies.