40th LPSC
Media Advisory #1

February 2009

Contact:  Mary Cloud

Members of the working press and news media are invited to attend the 40th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC), March 23–27, 2009, to be held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Convention Center, The Woodlands, Texas. 

LPSC brings together international specialists in petrology, geochemistry, geophysics, and astrobiology, and astronomy to present the most recent results in lunar and planetary science.  Members of the media who are interested in a firsthand opportunity to discover breaking news about the latest results from an international field of scientists conducting space and planetary science research will not want to miss this five-day conference.

The program and abstracts of 1461 presentations (525 oral; 936 poster) are now available on our website.

Sessions will focus on a broad range of topics in planetary science, including the following:

  • Analogs:  Materials and environments
  • Astrobiology
  • Comparative planetology
  • Comets, asteroids, and other small bodies
  • Early solar system evolution and planetary formation
  • Impacts
  • Interplanetary dust particles and presolar-solar grains (including Stardust)
  • Meteorites, achondrites, chondrites, martian, and other meteorites
  • Mars
  • Mercury
  • Missions and instruments
  • Moon
  • Outer planets/satellites/rings
  • Planetary differentiation
  • Solar wind (including Genesis)
  • Venus

Special sessions at the 40th LPSC will include:

  • Monday afternoon — Venus Atmosphere:  Venus Express and Future Missions
  • Tuesday morning and Tuesday afternoon — Lunar Missions:  Results from Kaguya, Chang’e-1, and Chandrayaan-1
  • Tuesday morning — Icy Satellites of Jupiter and Saturn:  Cosmic Gymnasts
  • Tuesday afternoon — Icy Satellites of Jupiter and Saturn:  Salubrious Surfaces
  • Wednesday morning — Messenger at Mercury:  A Global Perspective on the Innermost Planet

For more detailed information about the conference, please read the final announcement.

To schedule interviews with presenters, contact Mary Cloud at cloud@lpi.usra.edu.