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Wednesday, March 18


Early Career Presenters Review —
Wednesday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Cochran's Crossing
*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 oral presentation and receive feedback from senior scientists. The Review on Wednesday, March 18, is for oral presenters only. Other opportunities will be available during 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.

MEPAG Discussion of Decadal Survey Preparation —
Wednesday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Grogan's Mill
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 NASA releasing new information about the process by LPSC, including the call for white papers). This discussion will focus on how MEPAG can facilitate 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 April MEPAG meeting. (MEPAG membership, structure, reports, and meeting information can be found at https://mepag.jpl.nasa.gov/about.cfm).

Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG) Town Hall —
Wednesday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Montgomery A-C
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. We will address issues related to the next Decadal Survey and the writing of white papers for the Survey.

JMARS Showcase —
Wednesday, 12:00 to 1:15 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.

HiWish Workshop and Q&A – Learn How to Acquire Your Own High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) Images —
Wednesday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Spring
The HiWish portal for the HiRISE camera allows users to input suggestions into our database  help us decide what places on Mars will photograph next! This brief workshop will include demonstrations on how to submit your own suggestions relevant to your science investigations. These will include walk-throughs for stand-alone, stereo, and seasonal or annual monitoring targets. Questions will be answered from HiRISE team members. See abstract #2095: HiWish: The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) Suggestion Tool. M. Chojnacki, A. McEwen, S. Byrne, C. Hansen, I. J. Daubar, R. Beyer, G. McArthur

Python Hyperspectral Analysis Tool (PyHAT) Demo —
Wednesday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Sterling Ridge
Learn how the free, open-source Python Hyperspectral Analysis Tool (PyHAT) can help you analyze your data! This meeting will include demos of orbital hyperspectral and laboratory/in-situ analysis with PyHAT, followed by a discussion of future development and desired capabilities. All are welcome!

Mercury Meeting —
Wednesday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Waterway 1-3
We invite you to join this forum to discuss Mercury exploration, share ideas, and develop collaborations, as well as determine how best to represent Mercury in the upcoming Planetary Decadal Survey.

VEXAG Venus Town Hall Meeting —
Wednesday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Waterway 4
This forum is for the Venus science and engineering community to strategize on contents of Venus White Papers for tne upcoming Planetary Science Decadal Survey

LEAG Town Hall —
Wednesday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Waterway 5
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.

MAPSIT Town Hall —
Wednesday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Waterway 6-8
The MAPSIT Town Hall will address community concerns about obtaining and accessing planetary data. Come and discuss strategies for data-related Decadal Survey white papers, and hear about how the Roadmap is driving activities, new geologic mapping initiatives, ISIS changes, status of RPIFs and PDS activities.

Venus Meet ’N Greet Social —
Wednesday, 5:00 to 6:30 PM, Acqua Lounge
Interested members of the Venus science community are invited to join us in the Acqua Lounge (the restaurant/bar located on the first floor of the conference hotel) for an informal social mixer.

Student Award Ceremony —
Wednesday, 5:00 to 5:30 PM, Waterway 4
Join us as we publicly recognize the winners of the 2020 LPI Career Development Awards, the 2020 Pierazzo International Student Travel Award, and the 2019 Dwornik Awards.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion within Planetary Science Networking Event —
Wednesday, 5:30 to 7:30 PM, Waterway 1-3
Welcome! This event is open to all interested persons. This year, in preparation for the Decadal Survey, we will discuss equity, diversity, and inclusion within planetary science and ways that the field can become more accessible and inclusive to a diverse group of people. Join us for what's sure to be an exciting panel discussion followed by break-outs to actively participate in drafting Decadal Survey white papers. This event is co-sponsored by the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Working Group of the AGs (EDIWoG); the Susan Niebur Women in Planetary Science Group (WiPS); and the Professional Culture & Climate Subcommittee (PCCS) of the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS). For questions about this event, contact one of this year's organizers: Justin Filiberto (He/Him), Moses Milazzo (He/Him), Jennifer Piatek (She/Her), Julie Rathburn (She/Her), Christina Richey (They/Them), and Nicolle Zellner (She, Her).

First Man Private Screening —
Wednesday, 7:00 to 10:00 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 private screening of First Man. 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.

Early Career Presenters Review —
Wednesday, 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 Wednesday evening, March 18, 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.

ANSMET Slide Show —
Wednesday, 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Waterway 6
Come join the 2019-20 ANSMET team as they reflect on their experience of recovering rocks from space in Antarctica.