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Peripheral Meetings and Events

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Monday, March 18


EnVision —
Monday, 12:00 to 1:00 PM, Montgomery A-C
There are two Earth-sized planets in our solar system:  We live on one and the other is the closest place we know to hell. Why are they so different? ESA's M-Class EnVision, currently in Phase A study, aims to find out. It has four science themes:  Activity (volcanism, tectonism, mass wasting, weathering, sedimentation); History (stratigraphy, past environments, ancient terrains, signatures of past oceans, climate change); Volatiles (water, sulphur dioxide, clouds, volcanic gases, dynamic processes); Planet (geodesy, spin, organisation, tectonics, internal structure, and long-term evolution) and four science experiments:  VenSAR, the primary synthetic aperture radar; SRS, the subsurface radar sounder; VenSPEC, the Venus IR emission mapper, IR and UV spectrometer; Radio Science, using the communications link. EnVision will provide an unprecedented view of the interior, surface, and atmosphere of Venus. NASA is a major partner and we seek to inform and involve the U.S. community in this mission.

LPSC Insights: Get Connected, Stay Connected —
Monday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Sterling Ridge
Are you a student attending LPSC for the first time? Are you unsure how to navigate the conference? Are you nervous about networking? The LPSC Insights: Get Connected, Stay Connected program is here for you! First-time student attendees who register for this program will be introduced to an experienced LPSC attendee and the pair will spend Monday afternoon, March 18, attending sessions and networking together. All participants will meet for lunch (provided) on Monday immediately following the morning sessions. For more information, or to volunteer to mentor a student, please contact Andy Shaner at shaner@lpi.usra.edu.

Strategic Investments in Instrumentation and Facilities for Extraterrestrial Sample Curation and Analysis —
Monday, 12:00 to 1:00 PM, Waterway 1-3
The chair of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Extraterrestrial Sample Analysis Facilities will present findings and recommendations from the recently released report "Strategic Investments in Instrumentation and Facilities for Extraterrestrial Sample Analysis."

MEPAG Discussion of Decadal Survey Preparation —
Monday, 12:00 to 1:00 PM, Waterway 6-8
You are invited to meet with members of the Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) Executive and Goals Committees and Mars Program Office staff to discuss MEPAG’s preparations for developing inputs to the Decadal Survey committee (in anticipation of, e.g., a call for white papers). We are interested in facilitation of community collaboration, as well as identifying specific studies or white papers that could be initiated by MEPAG. Note that this informal event is not a MEPAG meeting, but instead is a supplemental opportunity to interact with MEPAG leadership; further discussion on these topics will occur at the next MEPAG meeting. (MEPAG membership, structure, reports, and events can be found at https://mepag.jpl.nasa.gov/about.cfm.)

Masursky Plenary Session —
Monday, 1:30 to 2:15 PM, Waterway 4-5
All conference attendees are invited to attend this year's Masursky Lecture, "Apollo 17 Lunar Science and Lunar Policy," which will be presented by Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison H. ("Jack") Schmitt. This event will be covered via Livestream.

NASA Headquarters Briefing —
Monday, 5:30 to 6:30 PM, Waterway 4-5
Representatives from the Planetary Science Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate will address the community. This event will be covered via Livestream.

Opening of Exhibits —
Monday, 6:30 to 9:00 PM, Town Center
The 50th LPSC Exhibitor Showcase will officially open immediately after the conclusion of the NASA Headquarters Briefing. Visit and network with numerous exhibitors, get a bite to eat, and meet some new colleagues!

LGBTQA Networking Dinner —
Monday, 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Waterway 1
All meeting attendees interested in joining us for an LGBTQA networking dinner should meet in Waterway Ballroom 1 immediately following the conclusion of the NASA Headquarters Briefing (approximately 7:00 p.m.). From there we will head to a nearby restaurant (destination TBD). For more information, e-mail joinquips@gmail.com.