Japanese Geoscience Union (JPGU)
May 24-28, 2015.
Chiba (near Tokyo), Japan

Session: “Outer Solar System Exploration Today, and Tomorrow ”

The giant planets provide many keys to understanding planetary processes. They play an important role in shaping our solar system, and the physical and chemical processes they harbor also provide a unique opportunity to study the phenomena relevant for studying Earth and other planets, including exoplanetary systems. In this session, we discuss a wide range of topics encompassing the giant planets and their moons, including their origins, interiors, atmospheres, compositions, surface features, and electromagnetic fields. To advocate for current and future outer planets exploration (Cassini, Juno, New Horizons, JUICE, and beyond), we also call for discussions on future missions to explore giant planet systems, including how to develop better international cooperation. Discussion will include progress in developing a solar sail mission concept for observing the Jupiter system and its trojan asteroids.

For details on the JpGU Meeting and abstract submission, please visit:

Jun Kimura, ELSI/Tokyo Tech
Masaki Fujimoto, ISAS/JAXA
Yasumasa Kasaba, Tohoku Univ.
Sho Sasaki, Osaka Univ.
Takayuki Tanigawa,  Univ. Occupational & Environmental Health School
of Medicine
Kunio Sayanagi, Hampton Univ.
Steve Vance, JPL/Caltech

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