COSPAR 2018: Near-term Exploration of the Interstellar Medium

14-22 July 2018
Pasadena, California

Exploration of the heliosphere and the far-reaches of our solar system by the Voyagers and New Horizons, and near-Earth observations of the Kuiper Belt and exoplanetary systems have all profoundly changed how we view our own home in space. An Interstellar Probe escaping beyond the solar-system boundaries with new observational techniques would be a bold move in space exploration enabling detailed, new understanding of the global heliosphere in the context other astrospheres, further discoveries of unexplored KBOs, and the first observations of our circumsolar dust, disk offering insight into the evolution of the solar system and understanding circumstellar disks of exoplanetary systems.

This event welcomes papers on (1) science of the nearby interstellar medium and outer solar system, (2) instrumentation for relevant in-situ and remote measurements, and (3) mission and spacecraft concepts for reaching observation points far past the capability of the Voyagers and New Horizons.

Abstract Deadline: 9 February 2018.

Abstracts to be submitted on:

Session: Panel Session PIR.1

Session organizers: Ralph McNutt (JHU/APL, USA) and Robert Wimmer-Schweingruber (University of Kiel, Germany)