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Sunday, March 15


Planetary Mission Concept Studies —
Sunday, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Waterway 1
As part of NASA’s preparations for the 2023 Planetary Science Decadal Survey, proposals to conduct mission concept studies in planetary science were solicited through ROSES-2018, and 11 were selected by the Planetary Science Division in 2019. The selected studies span a range of target bodies across the solar system. The planetary missions that are the focus of these studies are envisioned to have a cost greater than a Discovery mission cost cap (Discovery FY19 cap cost $500M Phases A through D), not including launch costs. The results of these studies will be provided by the individual teams to NASA as input for the 2023 Decadal Survey. An overview of each of the selected Planetary Mission Concept Studies (PMCS) will be presented during this workshop. A representative from each PMCS team will introduce the study and provide a status update. The wider planetary science community is encouraged to attend. There will be an opportunity to interact with the teams regarding these studies. An agenda will be advertised before the workshop, with a list of the abstracts. UPDATE: This has been rescheduled as a virtual meeting on May 26 and 27. For more information, visit https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/pmcs2020/.

Introduction to Planetary Image Analysis with ArcGIS —
Sunday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Cochran's Crossing
This workshop provides instructor-led training in image analysis using ArcGIS software, specifically aimed at planetary science uses. Most of the workshop is hands-on exercises, with some demonstrations. It is accessible to those with no prior GIS experience, with optional advanced exercises for experienced users. Participants are eligible for a one-year ArcGIS license. Space is limited, and registration is required at https://tinyurl.com/v8n6ng3. The deadline for registration is March 6.

Genesis Solar Wind Sample Analysis and Techniques Workshop —
Sunday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Grogan's Mill
Genesis solar wind samples for laboratory analysis – join the discussion about sample handling and analytical approaches, and the broad scientific context. Genesis samples captured not only bulk solar wind, but also, on separate collectors, the high speed, interstream low speed and coronal mass ejection wind regimes. The samples also come with challenging environmental and handling histories. The meeting agenda covers these topics, providing expertise and discussion time.

Kick Off Event — Early Career Professionals and the Planetary Decadal Survey —
Sunday, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Montgomery A
Please join us at the kick-off event for the early career program of the National Academies' Decadal Survey in Planetary Science and Astrobiology on Sunday, March 15, from 10:00 a.m. to noon at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Come learn about the decadal survey, engage with the experts, and ask questions. The first hour will focus on addressing questions such as: What is a decadal survey? What is the role of a decadal survey? Why are they so important to NASA and Congress? How do I get involved? While the second hour will be an open forum and an opportunity to ask questions. Free registration for this event available at http://sgiz.mobi/s3/Early-Career-Event. Note: LPSC registration is not required to participate in this event.

Proposal Writing Workshop —
Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 PM, Indian Springs
Using Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) from NASA Science Mission Directorate as a template, this workshop will focus on teaching the audience key points to communicating science through successful proposal writing. As a result of this session, participants will be able to understand the proposal writing, reviewing, and selection process for federally funded research. How to understand one’s values and maintain those throughout this process will also be focused on during this workshop. We greatly appreciate support for this (and other upcoming workshops) from the NASA TWSC Program.

Reconnaissance Updates for Human Exploration of Mars —
Sunday, 1:00 to 3:00 PM, Panther Creek
In concert with current science-driven goals, future robotic reconnaissance of the Martian environment must be more intensively targeted to provide data that will enable human missions to Mars as early as the 2030s. The community is invited to join core discussions on the current recon status for such missions to Mars to discuss key data gaps, and recommended future planning. Various challenges and opportunities considered include water resources, communications, weather research, landing site selection, mapping, ISRU, and others. Find out the current state of knowledge and contribute your expertise to defining what is needed and ways to collaborate on the next steps to prepare for sending humans to Mars.

Subsurface Needs for Ocean Worlds —
Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 PM, Spring
This Subsurface Needs for Ocean Worlds (SNOW) meeting will gather researchers to discuss current scientific and technological developments and the path forward to enabling subsurface exploration of Ocean Worlds. Accessing into and through the ice shells of ocean worlds will both enable compelling science, including the search for evidence of past and present life, and require dedicated technology programs to realize. At this meeting, we will discuss current capabilities and the needs for future enabling technology developments to strategize a white paper for the planetary decadal survey. We will brainstorm and create an intial white paper draft for further development. We invite you to help us explore the subsurface of Ocean Worlds!

Planetary Palooza —
Sunday, 2:00 to 5:00 PM, Montgomery A
Scientists, public engagement specialists, and members of NASA's Science Activation community are welcome to participate in this year’s public event. All members of the public, including students, educators, program leaders, amateur astronomers, and their families, are invited to the LPSC Planetary Palooza! Explore hands-on planetary science activities and hear about solar system exploration, and future plans from experts attending LPSC! To volunteer as a presenter or to help conduct activities, please contact Christine Shupla (shupla@lpi.usra.edu).

Writer's Workshop — NASA’s PSTAR Program:  Exploring Extreme Analog Environments to Inform Planning and Operations for Human and Robotic Missions —
Sunday, 2:00 to 5:00 PM, Shenandoah
This workshop will brief journalists about analog expeditions funded by NASA’s Planetary Science and Technology from Analog Research (PSTAR) program. The PSTAR program solicits proposals for integrated interdisciplinary investigations focused on exploring the Earth’s extreme environments in order to develop a sound technical and scientific basis to conduct research on other solar system bodies. The focus of this program element is on providing high-fidelity scientific investigations, scientific input, and science operations constraints in the context of planetary field campaigns. PSTAR-funded research is an integral part of preparation for planned human and robotic missions. All are welcome!

Early Career Presenters Review —
Sunday, 2:30 to 6:00 PM, Sterling Ridge
*REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED.*
All early career scientists (students, postdocs, and others early in their planetary science careers) preparing to present research at the 51st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference are invited to present their LPSC 2020 oral presentation and receive feedback from senior scientists. The Review on Sunday March 15 is for oral presenters only. Other opportunities will be available later in the week for poster presenters. The Early Career Presenters Review allows presenters the chance to practice with senior scientists before presenting during the regular meeting. For more information, or to volunteer to provide feedback to presenters, please contact Andy Shaner at shaner@lpi.usra.edu.

51st LPSC Registration and Welcome Event —
Sunday, 4:00 to 8:00 PM, Waterway 4-5

Dwornik Judges' Meeting —
Sunday, 5:30 to 7:00 PM, Grogan's Mill
This is a training and information meeting for the Dwornik Award judges. This is your opportunity to review the judging procedure, ask questions, meet other judges, and discuss schedules or concerns. We will aim to keep it as brief as possible.

LPI Summer Intern Alumni Meet-Up and Networking Opportunity —
Sunday, 6:30 to 7:30 PM, Indian Springs
Meet up with your fellow alumni at this casual gathering. This is a networking opportunity for prior LPI-JSC ARES Summer Intern Program mentors and interns. All program alumni are welcome to attend this event. This event will allow alumni to reconnect with old friends and to make new acquaintances. Share your summer and research experiences with alumni and mentors from the past 43 years! Some alumni may choose to make dinner arrangements with their colleagues following the event.