Microsymposium 59: “The Chinese Lunar and Deep Space Exploration Program”, March 17-18th, 2018, The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center

Registration at http://www.planetary.brown.edu/html_pages/micro59.htm

International exploration of the Solar System has grown significantly since the beginning of the Space Age, with missions launched by many nations, and participation by scientists worldwide.  The multilateral Microsymposium 59, cosponsored by Brown University Watson Institute for International Affairs, and the Russian Academy of Sciences Vernadksy and Space Research institutes, is dedicated to a focus on the lunar and deep space exploration activities of China and will be highlighted by invited reports from a wide range of Chinese scientific colleagues on data analysis and results of previous missions to the Moon, as well as unofficial presentations on future mission plans for the Moon, Mars, asteroids and beyond. Also included will be analysis of data from the Chang’E 1-3 missions and concepts/landing site studies for the Chang’E 4 farside rover and Chang’E 5 nearside mare sample return missions. The program consists of a series of invited papers by our Chinese colleagues and our usual extensive discussion, and will convene on Saturday, March 17th, 2018 (1 PM-6 PM) and Sunday, March 18, 2018 (8:30 AM-12 Noon).