Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
The Woodlands, Texas
March 19-23, 2018

Highlighted Events

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Wednesday, March 21

NASA Postdoctoral Program Meet and Greet —
Wednesday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Cochran's Crossing
Are you interested in learning more about the NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP)? Do you want to make new contacts within the NPP?  Mix and mingle with administrators of the NPP and current NPP Fellows. Learn more about the application process and requirements, and engage with current Fellows as they share their experience in this exciting program.

Publishing your Planetary Science in a Nature Research Journal  —
Wednesday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Montgomery A-C
Interested in publishing in one of the Nature journals but not sure which of the (increasingly numerous!!!) Nature journals to choose, or how best to navigate toward a successful outcome? The planetary science editors of Nature Astronomy and Nature Geoscience will present an overview of the Nature family of journals, share tips on how to get published, and answer any questions about journal policies and the peer-review process. All are welcome!

Planetary Scientist Workshop: Sharing Science with the News Media —
Wednesday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Shenandoah
Planetary scientists attending LPSC are invited to this free workshop, where they will learn techniques and suggestions for communicating with the press, by the press. Science journalists David W. Brown and Emily Lakdawalla will share tips and provide insight on giving interviews and sharing your science with the press. Bring your lunch and join us! No registration is required, but you can submit an indication of interest form to receive further details about this event.

Explore Outer Planets and Ocean Worlds: The OPAG Goals Document —
Wednesday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Waterway 1-3
The Outer Planets Analysis Group (OPAG) goals document is being revised in preparation for the next Decadal Survey. We will present updates, answer questions, and collect community feedback.

LEAG Town Hall —
Wednesday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Waterway 6-8
The purpose of the LEAG Town Hall meeting is to update the community on LEAG activities and get community input for upcoming activities.

45th Anniversary of Apollo 17 Panel —
Wednesday, 5:00 to 6:00 PM, Waterway 6-8
Celebrating 45 years since Apollo 17, this panel discussion will feature Harrison Schmitt (first geologist on the Moon), Gerry Griffin (Apollo 17 Flight Director), and James Head III (Apollo 17 backroom scientist). The panel will be moderated by Carlé Pieters. This event will be streamed live on the LPSC Livestream page.

Tenth Annual Susan Niebur Women in Planetary Science Event —
Wednesday, 5:30 to 7:30 PM, Waterway 1-3
Ever feel like everyone in the room is smarter than you? That your accomplishments are just luck? Do you ever worry that your colleagues will figure out that you don’t really belong? You are not alone. Please join us for a short workshop on “Imposter Syndrome” and strategies for dealing with it. As always, all are welcome regardless of gender. To RSVP (not required, but requested so we will have an idea about attendance numbers), or for more information, visit

SuperCam Science Team Meeting —
Wednesday, 6:00 to 8:30 PM, Shenandoah
This meeting will discuss the current status and calibration plans for the Mars2020/SuperCam instrument.

Walk on Mars with THEMIS —
Wednesday, 6:00 to 8:30 PM, Waterway 4-5
The 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft and the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) have been acquiring infrared images of Mars for more than 16 years. The best-quality images from the mission have been compiled into a global mosaic at 100 m/pixel resolution and printed on a walkable basketball-court-sized vinyl mat. Come join the Odyssey and THEMIS teams in celebrating 16 years at Mars by walking across the Red Planet for yourself!

Antarctic Search for Meteorites Slide Show —
Wednesday, 6:15 to 7:45 PM, The Woodlands
A light-hearted, colorful, and always humorous review of the most recently completed Antarctic Search for Meteorites season, hosted by the PIs and presented by the field party members themselves. Oh, and pictures of meteorites.

Rochechouart Impact Crater Drilling Project —
Wednesday, 6:30 to 8:00 PM, Indian Springs
Investigators interested in the Rochechouart impact crater drilling project, led by Philippe Lambert, are invited to a discussion of project results and to express interest in future research.

LEAG Community Networking Event —
Wednesday, 7:30 to 9:00 PM, WW Prefunction
The LEAG Community Networking Event is sponsored by Moon Express and enables early career lunar scientists (students, post-docs, assistant professors) to network with more seasoned people in our community, as well as faciliate dialogue between international colleagues and students. Refreshments will be provided.