DPS: Future Pluto and Kuiper Belt Missions Workshop

Sunday, 3:30 pm at DPS Provo, Battle Creek Room

Interested DPS members please join us Sunday, October 15th, from 3:30-5:30 pm for a focused workshop on future missions to the Kuiper Belt. The workshop will take place in the Battle Creek room of the Utah Valley Convention Center (DPS conference venue). No
pre-registration required.

The Kuiper Belt (KB) is a scientific treasure trove consisting of comets, planetesimals, and small planets like Pluto. Since its discovery in the early 1990s, the KB has yielded fundamental insights
into planetary accretion, the migration of planets, and the population structure of our solar system-including the discovery that dwarf planets like Pluto are common there.

In this workshop we will review the scientific case to return to Pluto with an orbiter, as well as the scientific case to explore other small KB planets and smaller bodies with flybys or orbiters. We will go beyond this to discuss possible mission payloads. Finally, we will solicit community and individual scientist interest in future studies leading to the next Decadal Survey.