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Peripheral Meetings and Events

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Wednesday, March 20


Project Mars Competition Artwork Display —
Wednesday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Indian Springs
What might astronauts see, feel, and think on their deep space journey from Earth to the Moon, Mars, and beyond? The international Project Mars Competition was a global film and poster contest inviting talented college and early career professionals to relay their visions of the future of space exploration in a publicly engaging manner. Come see the top winning films! The creative concepts are as limitless as the expanse of space! This is a come-and-go event, and the films will be continually shown on a rotating basis during the lunch hour, so drop in at your convenience. The winning posters will be on display in the hallway closest to Waterway 1, and will be on display all week.

Mars Sample Return Science Planning: Updates and Community Forum —
Wednesday, 12:00 to 1:00 PM, Montgomery A-C
This meeting will be focused on giving an update to the community on the current status of Mars Sample Return (MSR) science planning, particularly through the work of the MSR Science Planning Group (MSPG). MSPG has been established by NASA and ESA to help develop a stable foundation for international scientific cooperation for the purposes of returning and analyzing samples from Mars. MSPG’s approach is to formulate and propose mechanisms through which the international scientific community can achieve our shared scientific objectives. The agenda for this meeting will include (1) a reprisal of MSPG’s activities and the pathways available for the community to participate; (2) a review of the recent workshop "Science in Containment" and the resulting report; (3) expectations for future science-related MSR workshops; and (4) time for community feedback and input.

MAPSIT Town Hall —
Wednesday, 12:00 to 1:00 PM, Shenandoah
The Mapping and Planetary Spatial Information Team (MAPSIT) 2019 community forum will give attendees the opportunity to provide feedback about the MAPSIT Roadmap/Strategic Plan, which is currently being finalized.

LEAG Town Hall —
Wednesday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Waterway 1-3
The purpose of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG) Town Hall is to update the community on LEAG activities and get community input for upcoming activities.

OPAG Town Hall —
Wednesday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Waterway 4
The purpose of the Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG) Town Hall is to update the community on OPAG activities and get community input for upcoming activities, especially as they pertain to the run up for the next Decadal Survey.

VEXAG Town Hall —
Wednesday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Waterway 5
This Venus Exploration Analysis Group (VEXAG) forum provides an opportunity for members of the Venus science community to learn about Venus exploration activities for 2019 and 2020.

SBAG Town Hall —
Wednesday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Waterway 6-8
Meeting between the Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG) Committee members and the community involved in small body research and exploration. Highlights of the SBAG Roadmap will be presented.

Annual Susan Niebur Women's Networking Event —
Wednesday, 5:30 to 7:30 PM, Waterway 1-3
This year, in honor of the 50th anniversary of LPSC, eminent women who worked at NASA and/or participated in LPSCs since the beginning (or near to it) will share their experiences. Join us for what's sure to be an exciting panel discussion. The event is open to all! Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Division for Planetary Sciences. Registration is not required, but will be helpful for planning purposes. http://bit.ly/WIPS_2019

Walk on the Moon: 10 Years of LRO and 50 Years of Apollo 11 —
Wednesday, 5:30 to 8:30 PM, Waterway 4-5
Come walk on the Moon and celebrate 10 years of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and 50 years since the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. A large-scale floor map features all six Apollo landing sites using data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Celebrate the past, present, and future of lunar science and exploration in this fun installation.

Apollo 11 Documentary Special Screening —
Wednesday, 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Cinemark Theater
Join us Wednesday night at the Cinemark movie theater across the street from the conference venue (1600 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Texas) for a special screening of the recently-released documentary, Apollo 11. Never-before-seen footage and audio recordings take you straight into the heart of NASA's most celebrated mission as astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin embark on a historic trip to the Moon. The screening is complimentary, and tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis in the lobby of the theater beginning at 7:00 p.m. The film will begin at 7:30 p.m. This event is being sponsored by the Universities Space Research Association (USRA). Since the theater will also be open to the public during this time, wear your LPSC badge so you can be identified as a conference attendee.

The Antarctic Search for Meteorites —
Wednesday, 7:30 to 9:00 PM, Waterway 6-8
The ANSMET 2018–2019 team shares their thoughts and experiences on the past field season.