Press Information

LPSC Press Contact:
Mary Ann Hager
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Phone:  281-486-2136
E-mail:  [email protected]

Members of the working press and news media are invited to attend the 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference at the The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, The Woodlands, Texas, on March 16–20, 2015.

This five-day annual conference brings together nearly 2000 international specialists in petrology, geochemistry, geophysics, geology, and astronomy to present the latest results of research in planetary science. This is the premiere conference for planetary scientists, and has been a significant focal point for planetary science research since its beginning in 1970, when it was known as the Apollo 11 Lunar Science Conference.

News Media Registration Information —

Media representatives providing press credentials will receive a complimentary badge allowing access to all conference sessions. Press credentials will be checked at the registration help desk, where press badged will be issued. Advance registration is open through March 14, 2015. Check-in will be on Sunday, March 15, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., and Monday through Friday beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Register for the Conference

Note:  The registration form is part of the USRA Meeting Portal, and you will be prompted to log in using your existing profile or create a profile. Once logged in to the Meeting Portal, media representatives should select “Working Press” as the registration type to receive a press badge at no charge.

Press Briefing — New

The following press briefing will be held in conjunction with this year’s LPSC:

Science Results from MESSENGER’s Low-Altitude Campaign
Monday, March 16, 12:00 noon CDT (1:00 p.m. EDT, GMT –5) to
1:00 p.m. CDT (2:00 p.m. EDT, GMT –5)

The Woodlands Room

Panelists:  Sean C. Solomon, MESSENGER Principal Investigator and the Director of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; David T. Blewett, MESSENGER Participating Scientist and a geologist at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory; Larry R. Nittler, MESSENGER Deputy Principal Investigator and a cosmochemist in the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carnegie Institution of Washington; Thomas R. Watters, MESSENGER Participating Scientist and a Senior Scientist of the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies of the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution; and Nancy L. Chabot, Instrument Scientist for MESSENGER’s Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS), and a planetary scientist at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

Highlighted Events —

Media representatives are invited to make note of the Highlighted Events, most notably the NASA Headquarters Briefing on Monday, March 16, at 5:30 p.m.

There is also a Plenary Session featuring the Masursky Lecture, “Insights into the Evolution of the Solar System from Isotopic Investigations of Samples,” presented by Dr. Lars Borg of NASA Johnson Space Center. The winners of the 2014 Dwornik Awards, the 2015 Pierazzo International Student Travel Award, and the 2015 LPI Career Development Awards will also be recognized.

For more information about these and other events, visit the Highlighted Events page.

Special Sessions —

Special sessions will include:

Highlighted Abstracts —

The technical program and abstracts of 1861 presentations (551 orals; 1310 posters) is now available.

A schedule of Highlighted Abstracts of special interest to the news media is also available.