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Monday, March 16


Ice Giants Workshop —
Monday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Grogan's Mill
The purpose of this workshop is to discuss key science questions for the ice giants Uranus and Neptune and their ring and satellite systems. This workshop will also recap some of the major findings presented at the recent Ice Giant Systems workshop in London, UK.

NASA's Astromaterials Data System —
Monday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Indian Springs
This workshop invites researchers studying Astromaterials specimens to learn about NASA-JSC's Astromaterials Data System (Astromat), to get an update on available services and the status of ongoing developments, and to engage in its design and development. Learn how Astromat can help you comply with new journal policies for data access and with funders' requirements for Data Management Plans. For questions, please contact us at astromatdata@gmail.com. Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

New Frontiers 5 AO Town Hall —
Monday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Montgomery A-C
Please join NASA representatives to hear about the most recent plans for the New Frontiers 5 Announcement of Opportunity. NASA also wants to hear your thoughts on policies to be included in the Announcement of Opportunity.

LPSC Insights: Get Connected, Stay Connected —
Monday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Montgomery Ballroom Prefunction
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 16, attending sessions and networking together. All participants will meet for lunch on Monday immediately following the morning sessions. Registration is required and attendees are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, or to volunteer to mentor a first-time attendee, please contact Andy Shaner at shaner@lpi.usra.edu.

Publishing in AGU Journals: New Initiatives and Requirements —
Monday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Shenandoah
A discussion with AGU journal editors regarding publication requirements. The meeting will feature a short presentation introducing e-locator citation format, data availability policy, open source options, and a description of new journals. This will be followed by a question and answer session.

The Planetary Scientists of Color (PSoC) —
Monday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Sterling Ridge
The Planetary Scientists of Color (PSoC) is a networking and visibility group intended to maintain a network of planetary scientists of color and specialized resources in support of PSoC. At this first formal meet up of the group, we will work to establish the needs of the community and how to move forward in the coming years.

Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey Town Hall —
Monday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Waterway 1-3
Join representatives from the Space Studies Board for a update on the planning for and organization of the National Academies’ decadal survey on Monday, March 16, in Waterway 1-3 at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center between 12:00 and 1:15 p.m. Open to all LPSC attendees. Note: LPSC registration is required to participate in this event.

Making Human Exploration of Mars Possible —
Monday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Waterway 6-8
Next Generation Mars Explorers: Learn about career opportunities in preparing to send humans to Mars. By examining major challenges involved, this session will illuminate the scientific and engineering contributions you can make. High among priorities is finding water and other resources through both orbital and landed reconnaissance, as well as selecting the optimal place for humans to live and work on Mars. Hear about progress made by NASA’s Human Landing Site Study and ways students can join teams identifying the first Martian base for human explorers. Along with lessons learned from prior missions, you’ll consider a host of key questions related to establishing a long-term, sustainable human presence on Mars and the careers and research focus we need to answer them.

Plenary Session Featuring the Masursky Lecture —
Monday, 1:30 to 2:15 PM, Waterway 4-5
All conference attendees are invited to attend this year's Masursky Lecture, “The Early Aqueous Environment of Mars Inferred from Mission Lifetime Results by the Curiosity Rover at Gale Crater,” which will be presented by John Grotzinger of the California Institute of Technology. This event will be covered via Livestream.

NASA Headquarters Briefing —
Monday, 5:30 to 6:30 PM, Waterway 4-5-6
Representatives from the Planetary Science Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate will address the community. Scheduled speakers include Lori Glaze, Steve Clarke, Jacob Bleacher, and Stephen Rinehart. This event will be covered via Livestream.

Opening of Exhibits —
Monday, 6:30 to 9:00 PM, Town Center

Early Career Presenters Review —
Monday, 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Various Town Center Poster Locations
*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 poster presentation and receive feedback from senior scientists. The Review on Monday, March 16, is for poster presenters only. Other opportunities will be available during the week for oral 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.

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 Sweet Tomatoes for our annual group dinner. For more information, e-mail joinquips@gmail.com.

Ceres PMCS Study Team —
Monday, 7:30 to 8:30 PM, Spring
Members from the broad community interested in the exploration of dwarf planet Ceres are welcome to participate in this meeting to hear progress about the ongoing Planetary Mission Concept Study for the decadal survey and provide feedback.