— FEBRUARY 2004 —

Conveners —
Dr. Stephen Mackwell,
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Dr. Eileen Stansbery,
NASA Johnson Space Center

Sponsored by —
National Aeronautics and Space Administration,
Lunar and Planetary Institute,
NASA Johnson Space Center


** NEW **

Friday AFTERNOON sessions have been added to this year's program. The conference will not officially adjourn until 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 19.

The online program has been modified to reflect minor changes, as well as the addition of abstracts for the Mars Mission special session. Any changes made after this date (cancellations, etc.) will simply be distributed via the printed errata that is included with the program booklet, and will not be made in the online version.

  The 35th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference will be held March 15–19, 2004. All technical sessions, both oral and poster, will be held at the South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center, 2500 South Shore Boulevard, League City, TX 77573 (phone: 800-442-5005 or 281-334-1000). There is plenty of free parking available.

For assistance with any travel plans, contact
    Baybrook Travel
    1199 NASA Parkway, Suite 114
    Houston TX 77058
    Phone: 281-280-0600
    Fax: 281-280-8184

Technical sessions will be held at the South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center. Parallel sessions for oral presentations will be held in Salon A, Salon B, Salon C, and the Marina Plaza Ballroom. Poster sessions will be held at the South Shore Harbour Fitness Center in the gymnasium and indoor tennis courts.

The program and abstracts are now available. Please note that author notification letters will NOT be mailed out, so authors need to check the program index to determine when and where their presentation has been scheduled.

Oral presentations
The oral presentations will be scheduled during the conference to allow 10 minutes for speaking and 5 minutes for discussion and speaker transition. Please note that this year's program includes specific times for each talk, as well as a scheduled break, in response to input from participants at the 34th LPSC. Note that oral sessions have also been added to the schedule for Friday afternoon.

Audio-visual equipment available for oral presentations includes 35-mm carousel slide projectors, overhead projectors, a laptop PC, and an LCD projector. A slide preview area will be available. Speakers are asked to complete the audio-visual cue sheet and give it to the audio-visual technician assigned to the session at least 15 minutes before the start of the session. Dual projection will not be available for electronic presentations.

NOTE: The 35th LPSC is the LAST LPSC at which 35-mm carousel slide projectors and a slide preview room will be available.

We will offer two options for electronic presentations. Please read carefully the instructions provided for electronic presentations.

Poster presentations
The poster presentations will be on display throughout the entire week of the conference. Posters may be installed any time after 1:00 p.m. on Monday and will remain up through Friday noon. Poster presentations will be highlighted by specific sessions scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. Authors of papers selected and scheduled for poster presentations must be available to display and discuss their results in the poster area during the assigned time period. Poster display space available to authors is 44" × 44". Posters will be displayed on free-standing panels that are 4' × 8' (including frame). Two presenters will share one side of one panel, so it is important that displays are confined to the 44" × 44" limit. Posters must be designed to be attached to the panel with pushpins. The background of the poster panels is dark gray, so light-colored backings will help to make a more effective presentation. Due to space limitations, computer demonstrations, VCR players, or tables for handout materials cannot be accommodated as a part of a poster display.

Masursky Lecture
The Masursky Lecture will be given during a special plenary session to be held Monday from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. in Salon B. The lecture, titled "Planetary Science: A New Discipline?," will be presented by Dr. S. Ross Taylor, Department of Geology, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

GSA Stephen E. Dwornik Student Awards
The presentation of the 2003 GSA Stephen E. Dwornik U.S. Citizen Student Award winners will be announced during the Monday plenary session, preceding the Masursky Lecture.

Special Sessions on Oxygen in the Solar System: Origins of Isotopic and Redox Complexity
Special sessions on Oxygen in the Solar System will be held Monday at 8:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. in the Marina Plaza Ballroom. These sessions will include both invited and contributed presentations focusing on current research into the nature and role of oxygen on the terrestrial planets; meteorites and asteroids; the outer planets; comets, cometary ices, and dust; and earliest solar system materials. Poster presentations on Oxygen in the Solar System will be highlighted on Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. in the South Shore Harbour Fitness Center.

Special Sessions on Mars Climate Change
Special sessions on Mars Climate Change will be held Thursday at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Salon B. These sessions will include both invited and contributed presentations treating the geological evidence for climate change on Mars, together with atmospheric and climate models that make predictions as to geological features and processes. Poster presentations on Mars Climate Change will be highlighted on Thursday evening from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. in the South Shore Harbour Fitness Center.

Special Session on Reports from the Mars Missions
A special session will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in Salon B for reports on data from the Mars Express mission and the Mars Exploration Rovers "Spirit" and "Opportunity". All presentations are by invitation only. The program has now been updated to include all the abstracts for presentation in this session.

  Education/Public Outreach Workshop
"Learning from the Frontier: Getting Planetary Data in the Hands of Educators"

The LPI Education/Public Outreach pre-conference workshop will take place on Sunday, March 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This year's workshop will focus on issues in electronic access to planetary data for educational use, including curricula, tools, and interfaces that enable their effective use in educational settings, particularly in grades 5–14 and in informal settings such as museums, planetariums, and science centers. The session will include presentations and panel discussions by planetary scientists, data managers, education product developers, and educational end-users, followed by a general group discussion. The workshop will highlight user needs, identify common issues and challenges, and explore solutions from successful programs utilizing planetary image data as well as analogs in Earth science.

The workshop will examine this emerging field in support of NASA's goal to make its engaging science content available to educators and students. Scientists, data managers, and education and outreach specialists interested in this issue are encouraged to participate. The workshop is free. Attendees may register using the workshop registration form. The workshop is co-hosted by the Solar System Exploration Forum and by the Broker Facilitators of the South Central Organization for Researchers and Educators (SCORE). Contact Stephanie Shipp for additional information (

Open House Demonstrations of Outreach Programs and Activities
On Sunday evening, March 14, in conjunction with LPSC's open house and registration, LPI will host interactive demonstrations of educational outreach activities and programs. The exhibits will be in the LPI library from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

NASA Headquarters Briefing
Discussion Forum with the President's Commission for Implementation of
U.S. Space Exploration Policy (Moon, Mars, and Beyond)

The NASA Headquarters briefing will be held on MONDAY, MARCH 15, at 5:30 p.m. in Salon B. Note that, in the past, this event has been held on Wednesday of LPSC week. This year's session will also include a discussion forum with members of the President's Commission for Implementation of U.S. Space Policy (Moon, Mars, and Beyond). For more information, read the invitation from members of the Commission.

Student/Scientist Reception
A special reception will be held on Monday, March 15, to honor the Masursky Lecturer, the winners of the GSA Stephen E. Dwornik Student Awards for 2003, and all students who are making presentations at the 35th LPSC. The reception, to be held at the South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center at 6:30 p.m., will provide opportunities for students to meet and interact with scientists.

Wednesday Night Tex-Mex Fiesta
A Tex-Mex Fiesta will be held Wednesday, March 17, from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. in Campbell Hall at the Pasadena Convention Center and Municipal Fairgrounds. Buffet items will include beef and chicken fajitas, tortillas, spinach and mushroom quesadillas, chili con queso with chips, and fiesta rice and beans. Shuttle service will be provided to and from South Shore Harbour and selected area hotels.

Chili Cookoff
Competition is now open for a chili cookoff to be held prior to the Tex-Mex Fiesta. Both out-of-town and local teams are encouraged to enter. Judges for the event will be the winning team of the 2003 cookoff — the LPI Computer Center Terrabyte Chili Team, which will be ineligible for this year's competition. Only chili may be entered into competition; alternative entries are ineligible. Teams may NOT serve alcoholic beverages to the conference participants and guests.

To encourage participation from out-of-town teams, a limited number of portable cooking ranges are available upon request.

Entry forms are due at LPI by February 27, 2004. Please describe your chili on the entry form, e.g., spicy red chili with beans. Please note: If fewer than 10 teams enter the competition, the chili cookoff will be canceled.

Combined Publisher's Exhibit
A Combined Publisher's Exhibit will be held in conjunction with the 35th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. This conference exhibit provides an opportunity for LPSC participants to review new publications in the fields of lunar and planetary sciences, astronomy, astrophysics, geology, geophysics, atmospheric sciences, mathematics, computer science applications, remote sensing, and image processing applications. Publishers and authors are invited to submit materials related to these fields for display at this exhibit. Previous exhibits have featured books, journals, maps, globes, posters, images, slide sets, and CD-ROMs, along with advertising materials, catalogs, and order forms. A comprehensive exhibit catalog listing all participating publishers, all items on display, and contact information will be made available to conference participants at the exhibit.

There is no charge to display items at the exhibit; however, materials sent for the exhibit will not be returned. All materials submitted for display should be sent by February 18, 2004. For more information about the exhibit, contact Linda Chappell, Combined Publishers Exhibit Coordinator, at 281-486-2103 or

Please note that the Publisher's Exhibit is NOT a book sale.
All submitted exhibit items are for DISPLAY ONLY and become property of the Lunar and Planetary Institute.

A fee of $60 ($35 for students) will be assessed each participant to cover conference services. You must preregister and prepay by February 13, 2004, to avoid the $20 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 $20 late fee if they return the form by February 13, 2004. Participants registering by credit card may use the electronic registration form; those registering using any other method of payment should use the downloadable registration form. Requests for cancellation with a fee refund (less a $10.00 processing fee) will only be accepted through February 13, 2004.

NOTE: Those who fail to attend and do not notify the LPI Program Services Department prior to the February 13 deadline will forfeit their full fee.

Sunday Night Registration and Reception
Sunday evening, March 14, 2004, registration and a reception will be held at the LPI from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The location of the LPI is shown on the area map. Shuttle buses will operate from selected hotels to LPI on Sunday night. Participants arriving after Sunday night will be able to register on site at South Shore Harbour.

  South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center is an award-winning hotel on the shores of Clear Lake (phone: 800-442-5005 or 281-334-1000; fax: 281-334-1157), approximately a 20-minute drive from the LPI. The LPI has negotiated with the hotel to offer standard rooms (single or double occupancy) for $99.00 per night. While this rate is higher than the GSA rate for this area, it is substantially less than the normal corporate rate for this hotel. To qualify for these rates, you must identify yourself as an LPSC participant. The numbers of rooms are limited, so we encourage participants to make their reservations early.

Contrary to the information stated previously in this announcement, the hotel does NOT provide complimentary shuttle service to and from any of the Houston airports.

Clear Lake Shuttle (281-334-3873), located in the hotel lobby, provides shuttle service five times a day to or from Hobby Airport for $15.00 (one way; 24-hour-advance reservations required); and to or from George Bush Intercontinental Airport for $85.00 (one way, 24-hour-advance reservations required; $10.00 per additional person).

Galveston Limousine Service provides continuous shuttle service from both George Bush Intercontinental Airport ($60.00 round trip per person) and Hobby Airport ($50.00 round trip per person). Reservations for Galveston Limousine may be made via their Web site at or by calling 1-800-640-4826.

Registered guests will have access to the following amenities: complimentary covered parking, marina with rentals for water sports, a 185-foot tropical pool with heated jacuzzi, 70,000-square- foot fitness center, and golfing privileges at South Shore Harbour Country Club (greens fees extra). There are also a number of area babysitting services that will provide childcare at the hotel for a fee; a list of these services is available upon request from the hotel.

There are a number of other hotels in Bay Area Houston relatively close to the conference center, and we have negotiated special rates at most of them. Remember to ask for the LPSC rate when you make your reservations. The local area map shows the locations of the LPI, South Shore Harbour, and other local hotels.

Participants looking for a roommate to share housing expenses can use the roommate search form to post a notice on this Web site.

  Conference shuttle buses will provide service between most hotels on the enclosed list (see hotel list for exceptions), South Shore Harbour, and the LPI. There will be rotational runs in the morning, at the close of sessions, and during special events. Shuttle buses will make hourly stops at LPI throughout conference week. Your conference badge will serve as your bus ticket. A detailed shuttle schedule will be provided to all registered participants. Shuttle service will also be available to and from the Wednesday evening social event.

  For further information regarding conference logistics, contact
Mary Cloud
phone: 281-486-2143;
fax: 281-486-2125;

For further information regarding registration, contact
Linda Tanner
phone: 281-486-2142;
fax: 281-486-2125;

February 13, 2004Deadline for registering at reduced rate
Deadline for Chili Cookoff team entries
March 14, 2004Reception and Open House at the LPI
E/PO Open House Display at the LPI
March 15–19, 200435th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

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