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Thursday, March 19


Multiphysics Modeling in the Planetary Sciences —
Thursday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Cochran's Crossing
The use of commercial multiphysics modeling software in planetary science and engineering problems has expanded considerably and crosses numerous discipline boundaries. We plan a brief overview of COMSOL software capabilities, a short set of lightening presentations (several minutes each) of COMSOL applications in planetary sciences and engineering, and a discussion period. We are interested in encouraging open discussion of problem solving approaches, pitfalls, and validation of results. While this meeting is open to all, current, past, and future COMSOL users in any field are particularly encouraged to attend. Contact Susan Sakimoto (susansakimoto@gmail.com) at least a week before LPSC if you are interested in presenting, and be prepared to submit potential slides to a group presentation at that time.

MMGIS Demonstration and Tutorial —
Thursday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Indian Springs
The Multi-Mission Geographic Information System (MMGIS) is an open source, web-based, mapping software tool used for science operations on three Mars landed surface missions (MSL, InSight, and Mars2020). Come see a demonstration and tutorial on how to install, configure, and set up your own 'mission' with your own or released geospatial datasets (e.g. HiRISE digital elevation model and orthophoto). The software is planetary body agnostic, so whether you have data from the Moon, Mars, Enceladus, or even Earth, MMGIS can import and visualize your vector and raster datasets. Unique to MMGIS, you can view data in a standard 2D map, 3D 'globe' view, and in situ mosaics and images all in one window. The software can be download here: https://github.com/NASA-AMMOS/MMGIS. Feel free to try out the software ahead of time and bring your questions.

Planetary Scientist Workshop: Presenting to Culturally Diverse Audiences —
Thursday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Montgomery A-C
It can be challenging to communicate when your audience’s experiences are different from your own. Explore models, metaphors, and analogies that do not rely on specific cultural experiences, and learn about making culturally relevant connections. Planetary scientists attending LPSC are invited to this free workshop. For more information, please contact Christine Shupla (shupla@lpi.usra.edu).

Training Session: Site Analysis with NASA's Moon Trek Portal —
Thursday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Shenandoah
NASA's Solar System Treks Project produces a family of online, browser-based data visualization and analysis portals used for mission planning and planetary science across a growing number of planetary bodies. Bring your lunch to this one-hour tutorial session where we will focus on how the Moon Trek lunar portal can be used to characterize potential lunar landing sites and areas of surface operations. We will provide an overview of the data layers, visualization capabilities, analysis tools, and collaborative work options. We will review use cases from NASA as well as commercial and international partners. This will be an opportunity for new users to become introduced to the capabilities of this toolset, for experienced users to learn how to take best advantage of its advanced features, for the community to suggest new data products for inclusion, and for users to provide the NASA development team with feedback and suggestinns for future enhancements.

NASA PI Panel Discussion: What's It Like to Lead a Mission? —
Thursday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Waterway 1-3
Missions form the backbone of how our community explores the solar system, yet there are few opportunities to learn about what being a mission PI actually entails. This panel will feature a discussion among past and current NASA mission PIs on topics such as proposal-writing, project management, team-building, day-to-day tasks, interacting with engineers, and more. Time will be available for audience questions.

Community Town Hall on the Future of Sample Science —
Thursday, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, Waterway 4
The purpose of the Curation and Analysis Planning Team for Extraterrestrial Materials (CAPTEM) Town Hall is to update the sample science community on CAPTEM activities and to gather community input for upcoming activities. We will address issues related to the next Decadal Survey and the writing of a white paper for the Survey including our community response to the National Academies 2019 report on "Strategic Investments in Instrumentation and Facilities for Extraterrestrial Sample Curation and Analysis."

Live from LPSC —
Thursday, 5:00 to 6:00 PM, Grogan's Mill
Solar System Ambassadors, Museum Alliance members, amateur astronomers, and members of the public are welcome to attend this 45 minute teleconference to hear about the hot topics and ongoing research presented at this year's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. To volunteer as a presenter, please contact Christine Shupla (shupla@lpi.usra.edu).

NASA Postdoctoral Program Meet and Greet —
Thursday, 5:00 to 6:00 PM, Indian Springs
The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) offers unique research opportunities to highly-talented US and non-US scientists to engage in ongoing NASA research projects at a NASA Center, NASA Headquarters, or at a NASA-affiliated research institute. Join program administrators and current fellows for an information session. Learn about the NPP application process and requirements, and engage with current NPP Fellows as they share their experience in this exciting program.