LPI Seminar Series

The LPI Seminar Series brings prominent scientists to the LPI to present on a broad array of scientific disciplines that advance our understanding of the solar system. The seminar series, which began in September 1969, has brought many notable contributors from numerous research and academic institutions to the LPI. Seminars are typically held on Thursdays from 3:00-4:00 p.m. CDT, but dates and times are subject to change. All seminars will be held virtually until further notice.

Sign up for LPI Seminars to receive email notifications of upcoming seminars and details on how to join the virtual seminar. For more information, please contact Patrick McGovern (McGovern@lpi.usra.edu) and Sean O’Hara (sohara@lpi.usra.edu).

See also the Rice University Department of Physics and Astronomy Colloquia and the Department of Earth Science Colloquia pages for other space science talks in the Houston area.

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August 2021

Thursday, August 5, 2021 - Virtual, 1:00 PM
Catherine Neish, The University of Western Ontario
LPI Seminar: Dragonfly: A Rotorcraft Lander at Titan

On June 27, 2019, NASA announced its next New Frontiers mission: Dragonfly. This audacious mission will send a rotorcraft to explore Saturn’s largest moon Titan, and evaluate its potential for prebiotic chemistry and (possibly) extraterrestrial life. The Dragonfly mission will also give us a countless high-resolution views of this strangely Earth-like moon, showing us how rivers and sand dunes form on an icy moon at 94 K. In this presentation, I will provide a summary of the history of the Dragonfly mission, its scientific goals, and the next steps forward, from launch in 2027 to landing in the mid-2030s. To R.S.V.P., https://bit.ly/3i9wPd9.

Thursday, August 12, 2021 - Virtual, 3:00 PM
Mallory Kinczyk, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
LPI Seminar:

To R.S.V.P., https://bit.ly/3labrq2.

Thursday, August 19, 2021 - Virtual, 12:00 PM
Mark Fox-Powell, The Open Univesity
LPI Seminar:

To R.S.V.P., https://bit.ly/3zKMJ3z.

Thursday, August 26, 2021 - Virtual, 3:00 PM
Tasha Dunn, Colby College
LPI Seminar:

To R.S.V.P., https://bit.ly/3BNC2iC.


September 2021

Thursday, September 9, 2021 - Virtual, 3:00 PM
Sandra Siljestrom, Research institutes of Sweden
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