Ground Truth from Mars: Science Payoff from a Sample Return Mission (MSR 2008), April 21-23, 2008, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Workshop on the Chronology of Meteorites and the Early Solar System (MetChron 2007)

Final Announcement — March 2008


Lunar and Planetary Institute
NASA Planetary Science Division
NASA Mars Exploration Program
Institute of Meteoritics

Charles (Chip) Shearer,
   University of New Mexico
Carl Agee,
   University of New Mexico
David Beaty,
   Jet Propulsion Laboratory


David Bish,
   Indiana University
James Farquhar,
   University of Maryland
John Grotzinger,
   California Institute
   of Technology

Virgil Lueth,
   New Mexico School
   of Technology

Chris McKay,
   NASA Ames Research Center
Glenn MacPherson,
   Smithsonian Institution
Doug Ming,
   NASA Johnson Space Center
Dimitri Papanastassiou,
   Jet Propulsion Laboratory
James J. Papike,
   University of New Mexico
Dawn Y. Sumner,
   University of California, Davis
Allan Treiman,
   Lunar and Planetary Institute
David Vaniman,
   Los Alamos National Laboratory


Logo inset images:
1. Iddingsite in martian meteorite Lafayette (courtesy of Allan Treiman, LPI).

2. TEM image of sheet silicates in carbonate from martian meteorite ALH84001 (courtesy of Adrian Brearley, UNM).

3. False color BSE image. Post Pit, Nevada, Gold Deposit. Shale wall rock (purple), barite (red), hematite (gold), jarosite (banded blues, greens, some yellow with hotter colors = more Ba). Matted material below gold (hematite) = finer-grained jarosite. Jarosite-hematite-barite can vary in crystallization sequence with change in pH and Ba activity in fluid (courtesy of Paul Burger, UNM).


  The workshop on Ground Truth from Mars: Science Payoff from a Sample Return Mission will be held April 21–23, 2008, at the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The landmark hotel is located in the heart of the historic Old Town Plaza and museum district.


Date:  April 21–23, 2008
Location:  Albuquerque,
  New Mexico


  Mars sample return is again on the horizon, enabled by a sample cache on the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory rover, and endorsed as a logical continuation of the "Follow the Water" strategy of NASA's Mars Exploration Program. This strategy has tied together the search for life and potential habitats for life, evolution of the martian atmosphere, nature of martian surface processes, and the thermal-magmatic evolution of the martian mantle and crust. Orbital and surface missions have revealed that Mars' surface is far more diverse than was imagined only a decade ago, with a plethora of distinct environments — each of which presents different sorts of samples, with different potential scientific returns. Returning samples from these martian environments and analyzing them in the best terrestrial labs available will provide an unparalleled perspective of Mars not yet achieved. Data derived from samples returned from the martian surface will provide both ground truth for interpreting observations made during past orbital and surface missions and insight in planning for future missions. There will be few sample return missions, and so the targets must be chosen to maximize the likelihood of answering fundamental questions about Mars. In addition to providing high scientific return, these missions must yield high scientific value (i.e., have low costs). To address these issues, this workshop (initiated by the Curation and Analysis Planning Team for Extraterrestrial Materials, CAPTEM) will explore the science that can be extracted from the return of Mars samples to Earth and the requirements needed to ensure that the record preserved in the samples is undisturbed during sampling, return, and curation.




  Technical sessions comprise invited and contributed talks and posters in a setting that will include adequate time for questions and discussion.

A registration reception will be held Sunday evening, April 20, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Oral sessions will begin on Monday, April 21, and continue through mid-day on Wednesday, April 23. There will be a poster reception Monday evening, April 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The program with abstracts is now available.



  Invited presentations are scheduled to allow 15 minutes for speaking and 5 minutes for discussion. Contributed presentations are scheduled to allow 10 minutes for speaking and 5 minutes for discussion. Audio-visual equipment available will include an LCD projector and a PC laptop. All electronic presentations must follow workshop guidelines as detailed in the instructions for electronic presentations.




  Authors must be present to discuss their posters at the scheduled session on Monday, April 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Posters will remain on display throughout the workshop. Each poster display space is 44" x 44". Posters should be designed to attach to the panel with push pins, which will be provided.





  Registration is required of all participants and presenters. The workshop registration fee is $175.00 for professionals and $100.00 for students. A $50.00 late fee will apply to all registrations received after March 24, 2008.

Participants registering by credit card must use the electronic registration form; those registering using any other method of payment (check, money order, or traveler's check) must use the downloadable registration form. Foreign participants who state on the registration form that they have difficulty with currency exchanges may pay in cash at the meeting (and avoid a $50.00 late fee) if they submit the form by March 24.

Cancellation Policy:  A $25.00 cancellation fee will be charged on any cancellations received before March 31, 2008. No refunds will be given after March 31.





  The Hotel Albuquerque is holding a block of rooms for the meeting at a special rate of $99.00 per night plus tax, single or double occupancy. To ensure a room at the special rate, reservations must be made prior to March 21, 2008. Reservations made after March 21 are subject to availability and rate increase.

Room Reservations:  To reserve a room, call the hotel directly at 1-866-505-7829 or 505-843-6300. Identify yourself as part of the Mars Sample Return Meeting group when making the reservation to receive the $99.00 group rate.

Guarantee Policy:  A credit card is required at the time of reserving a room for guarantee.

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to 3:00 p.m. MST on the day of arrival to avoid penalty charges to your credit card equivalent to one night's stay.





  Albuquerque is served by the Albuquerque International Sunport, about 8 miles from the Hotel Albuquerque. Sunport Shuttle offers a one-way fare of $13.00 or $24.00 roundtrip. More information is provided on the airport transportation website.





  For further information regarding the format and scientific objectives of the workshop, contact

    University of New Mexico
    Phone: 505-277-9159
    E-mail: [email protected]

For further information regarding workshop logistics, announcements, and accommodations, contact

    Lunar and Planetary Institute
    Phone: 281-486-2151
    Fax: 281-486-2125
    E-mail: [email protected]

For further information regarding registration, contact

    Lunar and Planetary Institute
    Phone: 281-486-2142
    Fax: 281-486-2125
    E-mail: [email protected]



March 21, 2008Deadline for hotel reservation with special rate
March 24, 2008Deadline for registration at reduced rate
April 21–23, 2008Ground Truth from Mars:
Science Payoff from a Sample Return Mission


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