Final Announcement — December 2013

Meeting Location and Date

The workshop on Vesta in the Light of Dawn: First Exploration of a Protoplanet in the Asteroid Belt will be held February 3–4, 2014, at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), located in the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) building, 3600 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston TX 77058. (Note that the workshop is now scheduled to end on February 4.)

Purpose and Scope

The Dawn mission, launched in 2007, has completed the first detailed mapping of Vesta, the largest asteroid and largest protoplanet visited to date. Vesta is also the probable source of the howardite-eucrite-diogenite (HED) meteorite suite and thereby provides a direct link to materials and events in the heart of the Mars-Jupiter region of the solar system.

Dawn mission results provide key insights into the formation and geologic evolution of Vesta and into the processes shaping the asteroid belt over time. The scope of this workshop, the first dedicated to Vesta as a planetary body, includes dynamics, impact mechanics and impactor flux, internal and surface composition, shape and internal structure, formation and geologic history as revealed by spacecraft observations, and meteorite analysis. Other topics are welcome that relate to Vesta and the asteroid main belt, particularly its origin and evolution in the context of the solar system based on spacecraft and Earth-based observations and laboratory analysis.

Meeting Format

The workshop will consist of plenary sessions and a poster session over a period of two days. More information regarding the meeting format is available by viewing the detailed program and abstracts.

Information for Presenters

Oral Presentations —
A PC laptop, LCD projector, and speaker remote will be available for presentation of oral presentations during the scientific sessions. In order to facilitate a smooth transition between speakers, all presentations will be preloaded and tested in advance. To aid the preloading process, create a folder on your flash drive/CD called “VESTA 2014” and place your PowerPoint or PDF presentation in that folder. Please include your last name in the naming of your presentation file. An IT technician will be available each morning from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. and each afternoon from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. to assist in loading presentations.

Hardware and Software Specifications —

The plenary room will be equipped with the following minimum hardware and software:

PC Hardware: PC Software:
One PC laptop with Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz or better Operating System: Windows XP Professional
Memory:  2 GB Microsoft Office 2007 (including PowerPoint 2007)
Video:  1024 × 768 at 24-bit color Internet Explorer 8.0, Windows Media Player 11.0, QuickTime 7 Pro, Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.1

Poster Presentations —

All posters will be available for viewing throughout the workshop.

Poster Setup: Monday, February 3 from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Poster Removal: Tuesday, February 4 from 12:00 noon
Poster Size: 44" × 44" (110 cm × 110 cm)
Materials Provided: Pushpins




Through January 3 January 4–February 2 Onsite
Professional Registration $225.00 $325.00 $425.00
Student Registration $125.00 $225.00 $325.00

Credit card registrations:
Participants registering by credit card MUST use the secure electronic registration form.

Other methods of payment: Those registering using any other method of payment (check, money order, traveler’s check, or wire transfer) must contact the LPI Meeting Registrar for detailed instructions.

Note: Participants required to register using a third party (e.g., SATERN for NASA civil servants) should still register in advance using the electronic registration form. The confirmation e-mail you receive after registering will include payment instructions to submit to the third party. Please be aware, however, that your registration will not be considered complete until the funds have been received.

Cancellations: Requests for cancellation with a fee refund (less a 10% processing fee) will only be accepted through Monday, January 27, 2014. Those who fail to attend and do not notify USRA prior to the January 27 deadline will forfeit their full fee.

Travel Funds

Travel funds are not available for this meeting.


Participants are responsible for making their own travel and hotel reservations. A special room rate of $79.00 (studio) and $89.00 (one bedroom) has been secured at the Candlewood Suites, 2737 Bay Area Blvd, Houston TX 77058 (phone:  281-461-3060 or 800-946-6200). The rates are only valid through January 18, 2014; use the code USRA when making your reservation.

For a list of additional hotels in the area, refer to the list of local hotels provided. The location of the hotels in relation to the USRA building is shown on the area map.

For other information about the local area, refer to Information about the Clear Lake Area (Bay Area Houston).

Contact Information

For further information regarding the scientific content of the meeting:

Dr. Paul Schenk
Lunar and Planetary Institute
E-mail: [email protected]

For further information regarding meeting logistics or announcements:

Ingrid Dudley
Meeting and Publication Services
USRA Houston
Phone: 281-486-2151
E-mail: [email protected]

For further information regarding registration:

Linda Tanner
Meeting and Publication Services
USRA Houston
Phone: 281-486-2142
E-mail: [email protected]


January 3, 2014 Deadline for registration at reduced rate
January 18, 2014 Deadline for group rate at Candlewood Suites
February 3–4, 2014 Vesta in the Light of Dawn, Houston, Texas


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