Saturday, March 17
Microsymposium: The Chinese Lunar and Deep Space Exploration Program —
Saturday, 12:00 to 6:00 PM, Montgomery A-C
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 in planning and data analysis. Microsymposium 59, cosponsored by the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, and the Russian Academy of Sciences Vernadsky and Space Research institutes, is dedicated to a focus on the lunar and deep space exploration activities of the People’s Republic of China. Microsymposium 59 will be highlighted by reports from a wide range of Chinese university and Chinese Academy of Sciences scientific colleagues and their descriptions of both data analysis and results of previous missions to the Moon. It will also include informal and unofficial presentations on future mission plans and activities for the Moon, Mars, asteroids, and beyond. Of particular interest will be the analysis of data for the Chang’E 1-3 missions and the concepts and landing site selection studies for the Chang’E 4 farside rover and Chang’E 5 nearside mare lunar sample return missions. The program consists of a series of invited papers by our Chinese colleagues and will convene on Saturday, March 17, 2018 (1 p.m. to 6 p.m.), and Sunday, March 18, 2018 (8:30 a.m. to 12 noon). The Microsymposium will emphasize these invited reports and an open discussion format. For more information, visit the Microsymposium 59 website.