Special Sessions

This year’s conference will feature the following special sessions:

Not Headed Downhill Yet: Celebrating 10 Years of Curiosity at Gale Crater

The Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity landed in Gale crater 10 years ago with the primary objective of assessing the habitability of ancient Mars. Since then, Curiosity has climbed over 620 meters in elevation and compiled evidence for long-lived habitable environments.

Results from DART and LICIACube: Humanity’s First Planetary Defense Test Mission

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission performed the first test of asteroid deflection at Dimorphos, the secondary of the Didymos binary asteroid system. This session will discuss and interpret the pre- and post-impact observations that have been obtained.

The Geology of the Artemis Exploration Zone

Artemis III astronauts are scheduled to spend six and a half days and conduct at least two extravehicular activities (EVAs) on the lunar surface. This special session invites scientific contributions that will help NASA select a landing site from among its candidate landing regions and to help plan geological traverses.

Connect the Dots — Using InSight Data to Solve Mars

Over the last three years, the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission has delivered the first high-quality seismic dataset from another planet since Apollo. As the mission draws to a close, it is time to take stock of what these results mean for our understanding of the interior of Mars.

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