Lunar and Planetary Institute

The Importance of Solar System Sample Return Missions to the Future of Planetary Science

Sponsored by
NASA Planetary Science Division
Lunar and Planetary Institute

Catharine Conley, NASA
    Planetary Protection

Meenakshi Wadhwa, CAPTEM Chair
Clive Neal, University of Notre Dame
David Beaty, NASA Mars Program

Deborah Bass, NASA Mars
    Program Office

Final Announcement — December 2010

Meeting Location and date

The Importance of Solar System Sample Return Missions to the Future of Planetary Science will be held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, The Woodlands, Texas, on March 5–6, 2011, just prior to the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

Purpose and Scope

The workshop will focus on why sample return science is important to the future of solar system science and exploration, including the implications for NASA as it plans and implements future missions to a variety of solar system locations. Experienced planetary sample scientists will share their expertise and experience with early career planetary scientists, which include graduate students and researchers less than 10 years subsequent to receiving their Ph.D.


Participants are encouraged to register early to benefit from the lower registration fee. There will be NO onsite registration, so participants must register by February 25.

  Through February 1, 2011 February 2–25, 2011
Registration Fee $40.00 $65.00

Credit card registrations:  Participants registering by credit card MUST use the secure electronic registration form.

Other methods of payment:  Those registering using any other method of payment (check, money order, or traveler's check) must contact the meeting registrar for detailed instructions.

Cancellations:  Requests for cancellation with a fee refund (less a $25.00 processing fee) will only be accepted through February 25, 2011. Those who fail to attend and do not notify the LPI prior to this date will forfeit their full fee.

Note:  USRA/LPI has recently launched a new login system in our Meeting Portal. To participate in our meetings, create a personal profile. By logging in with your e-mail address, completing electronic forms such as indication of interest, abstract submission, or registration is quick and easy. The estimated time to complete the profile is four (4) minutes. You will have the opportunity to update your contact information at any time. You will only be able to access the registration form through the portal.

Travel Support

Travel applications are currently being reviewed. Notifications will be sent to applicants in mid February.


For information about the conference venue, accommodations, maps and directions, etc., please refer to the 42nd LPSC website.

Contact Information

For questions regarding logistics, contact:
Katy Buckaloo
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Phone:  281-486-2106

For questions regarding registration or abstracts, contact:
Linda Tanner
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Phone:  281-486-2142


Early Registration Deadline February 1, 2011
Travel Award Notifications February 15, 2011
Registration Closes February 25, 2011
The Importance of Solar System Sample Return Missions to the Future of Planetary Science March 5–6, 2011