Peripheral Meetings and Events

New for this year: Peripherals will be available on the personal schedule tool.

Thursday, March 21

Planetary Scientist Workshop: Using Social Media to Share Your Science —
Thursday, 12:00 to 1:00 PM, Grogan's Mill
Planetary scientists attending LPSC are invited to this free workshop, where they will learn techniques and suggestions for disseminating their science through social media, from experts.

Carbon in the Solar System: Darkening Agents in Low-Albedo Materials —
Thursday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Indian Springs
Three workshops/panels in the SSERVI Carbon in the Solar System series have been held (April 2018, October 2018, December 2018). In these discussions, opinions varied on the substance that darkens the low-albedo — often presumed primitive — objects in the solar system. Carbon, iron sulfide, magnetite, and other materials have been proposed as the darkening agent(s). In this fourth discussion in the series (open to all interested LPSC attendees), we pursue this topic. What implications do these compositions have for understand processing and evolution of the solar system? Our collection of carbon-rich samples will expand in the near future when pristine samples of the near-Earth asteroids 162173 Ryugu and 101955 Bennu are returned to Earth. Providing a framework for the existence and processing of carbon throughout solar system history improves our future analyses. This session will consist of a short presentation defining the topic, followed by open discussion among all attendees.

Industry Career Paths for Planetary Scientists —
Thursday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Montgomery A-C
There is an unjustified stigma in the planetary science community associated with leaving academia. To break the stigma, this meeting will feature an open discussion of industry career options for planetary scientists. Students, postdocs, advisors, and mentors are encouraged to attend.

JMARS Showcase —
Thursday, 12:00 to 1:00 PM, Shenandoah
The JMARS team will present a series of short presentations on how specific science analysis can be done on planets, moons, and small bodies. The goal of these presentations will be to showcase how to use JMARS to discover available data sets, filter them to refine relevance, and fuse them with one another in order to evaluate research hypotheses and produce publication quality results. JMARS (Java Mission-planning and Analysis for Remote Sensing) is a free, open-source, Java based geospatial information system developed by the Mars Space Flight Facility at Arizona State University. It is currently used for search and analysis of scientific data collected for multiple bodies (Mars, Earth, Moon, Vesta, Ceres, and many more) across various planetary missions.

Early Career Presenters Review (III) —
Thursday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Spring
All early career scientists (students, postdocs, and others early in their planetary science careers) preparing to present research at the 50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference are invited to present their LPSC 2019 oral or poster presentation and receive feedback from senior scientists before presenting during the regular meeting. Lunch will be provided. Registration is available at For more information, or to volunteer to provide feedback to presenters, please contact Andy Shaner at

NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Meet and Greet —
Thursday, 5:00 to 6:00 PM, Indian Springs
Are you interested in learning more about the NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP)? Do you want to make new contacts within the Program? Mix and mingle with NPP administrators 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.

The Mars Exploration Rovers: Fifteen Years of Exploration —
Thursday, 5:00 to 6:00 PM, Waterway 4
Come join us in celebrating the Mars Exploration Rovers’ 15+ years on the surface of Mars. NASA's twin robot geologists, Spirit and Opportunity, launched toward Mars on June 10 and July 7, 2003, in search of answers about the history of water on Mars. Both rovers far outlived their planned missions of 90 martian solar days:  Spirit was active until 2010, while Opportunity last communicated in June 2018, and holds the record for the longest distance driven by any off-Earth wheeled vehicle. The longevity, exploration effectiveness, and wealth of measurements represent a true accomplishment in science and engineering. During this hour, we will hear from mission luminaries reflecting on the long and winding road taken by Spirit and Opportunity, and what has been accomplished.