39th LPSC March 10-14, 2008, League City Texas



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

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


The 39th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference will be held at the South Shore Resort and Conference Center in League City, Texas, March 10–14, 2008. This conference brings together international specialists in petrology, geochemistry, geophysics, geology, and astronomy to present the latest results of research in lunar and planetary science.


You are encouraged to submit ideas and suggestions for plenary or special sessions to Mary Cloud ([email protected]) by November 30, 2007, so they can be considered, planned, and publicized. Organizers of these sessions should be prepared to serve on the program committee, or to have a fully empowered delegate serve on the program committee, if requested by the conference chairs. Organizers can also request extended speaking times for invited speakers, but there is no guarantee that conference chairs will grant this request.

Please note that authors of invited talks for special sessions must meet the same deadlines for abstracts as authors of contributed papers (see below). When contacting invited speakers, organizers should make certain the speakers are aware of these abstract deadlines and policies.


When: March 10–14, 2008
Where: League City, Texas


Participants may indicate a preference for oral, poster, or print-only presentation. The program committee will make all decisions on the mode of presentation to ensure a balance of as many important new research results as possible. Selection criteria will be based on the relevance of the subject matter to the conference and the quality of the science. The five-day conference will be organized by topical symposia and problem-oriented sessions.

To allow sufficient time for staff to prepare for the program committee meeting, we will have TWO separate deadlines for electronic submission of abstracts. The deadline for electronically submitting abstracts in PDF format will be 5:00 p.m. (CST) Tuesday, January 8, 2008 (see timezone map). Authors who are unable to produce PDF files must submit their abstracts electronically by 5:00 p.m. (CST) Thursday, January 3, 2008 (see timezone map).

Non-PDF submissions that arrive after January 3, 2008, will not be considered for the conference.

Detailed information regarding abstract preparation and submission will be available when the second announcement is posted on this website.

* Please note that this will be the last year that we will accept non-PDF submissions for this conference.

There is a limit of TWO abstracts per first author for oral or poster presentation requests. If you submit two abstracts for oral presentation, you will be asked to rank them in order of preference. Please note that we may not be able to honor these preferences.

Print-only abstracts will be allowed, but ONLY from first authors who are NOT submitting an abstract for oral or poster presentation. In other words, if you are a first author requesting a print-only abstract, you cannot submit an abstract for any other type of presentation and are limited to ONE print-only request.

The program committee will strictly enforce the above policies. Abstracts submitted in violation of these policies will be rejected. The only exception will be for those who are invited to give a talk at a special session (e.g., the Masursky Lecture, or a special topical session). Those invited abstracts will not be counted against authors as one of the two abstracts they are allowed to submit.


Non-PDF Deadline:
January 3, 2008
   5:00 p.m. CST

PDF Deadline:
January 8, 2008
   5:00 p.m. CST

(see timezone map)

    South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center, located at 2500 South Shore Blvd., League City, Texas, on the shores of Clear Lake, is holding a block of rooms at a special rate for LPSC.

Standard room rates are $104.00 per night, single or double occupancy, plus 12% tax. Guests are required to show proper government identification at check-in to be eligible for an occupancy tax exemption.

There is no charge for children 18 years and younger when they share a room with parent(s) and utilize existing beds. There will be an additional charge of $10.00 for a third or fourth adult (18 years or older) in a room. A maximum of four adults is allowed per room.

Check-in time is 4:00 p.m.; check-out time is noon. Guests arriving prior to check-in will be accommodated as rooms become available. The hotel will accommodate late check-outs subject to space availability.

All reserved guest rooms are guaranteed for late arrival to each individual.  “No-shows” will be billed for one night.  Individual cancellation of guest rooms must be made at least 48 hours prior to guest arrival.

To ensure a room at the special rate, reservations MUST be made by February 15, 2008. 
The LPSC room block sells out early, so participants are encouraged to make reservations early.

Room Reservations —
To reserve a room, call the hotel directly at 800-442-5005 or 281-334-1000.

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 (green fees extra).

Please note that the hotel is a non-smoking property, which includes all public areas and guest rooms.  Evidence of smoking in the guest rooms will be subject to a $250.00 cleaning fee.  Since January 23, 2007, all restaurants within the hotel have become smoke-free in compliance with League City Smoking in Public Places Ordinance.

There are a number of other hotels in the area. When making reservations, you can ask if they offer any special rates for LPSC participants. The local area map shows the locations of the LPI, South Shore Harbour, and other local hotels.

    More detailed information will be available in future announcements posted on this website (see schedule below). To be added to the mailing list to receive electronic reminders or special announcements via e-mail, please submit the electronic Indication of Intent form by November 30, 2007. It is important that you provide us with a valid e-mail address.

    For further information regarding conference logistics, contact

Mary Cloud
phone: 281-486-2143;
fax: 281-486-2125;
e-mail: [email protected]


November 30, 2007  

Deadline for suggestions on special sessions and
deadline for Indication of Intent forms

December 14, 2007  
Second announcement and call for abstracts posted
THURSDAY, January 3, 2008, 5:00 p.m. (U.S. CST)
(see timezone map)

Deadline for non-PDF electronic abstract submissions

TUESDAY, January 8, 2008, 5:00 p.m. (U.S. CST)
(see timezone map)

Deadline for electronic abstract submission
in PDF format

February 1, 2008  

Final announcement with preliminary program
and abstracts posted

February 8, 2008  
Deadline for registration at reduced rate
March 10–14, 2008  
39th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
in League City, Texas


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