DPS Mailing #01-47: DPS Meeting announcements and more

Status Report From: American Astronomical Society
Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2001

DPS Mailing #01-47: DPS Meeting announcements and more

Greetings colleagues - DPS Meeting news and more!


The DPS 2001 LOC has discovered that some people have not received the Final Meeting Announcement. The AAS mailed these out in late October, but there was apparently some problem with the US mails (not wholly surprising these days). If you didn't get the announcement, point your web browser to: and download it from the link labeled "Final Announcement."


There is still space available to be our guests for breakfast each morning. We look forward to meeting you and learning about your activities, future plans, and thoughts about the future of solar system exploration. Signups are at and linked on the DPS meeting site.

Mark Sykes, Chair
Wes Huntress, Vice-Chair
Rick Binzel, Vice-Chair-Elect


Friday, November 30, 8 PM

Colleen Hartman, Director of NASA's Solar System Exploration Division, will be speaking to the planetary community on the NASA budget, the present focus of the NASA solar system exploration program, and near-term prospects.

Guenter Riegler, Executive Director for Science in the Office of Space Science, will speak on the status of Research and Analysis programs and grants processing.

Mike Belton, the Chair of the NRC Solar System Exploration Survey Steering Committee will talk about the status of the ongoing planetary decadal study.

Finally, we will mark a turning point in the contribution of the planetary community to the decadal study. By this time, community decadal white papers will be largely completed, having defined issues and having made prioritized recommendations for future programs, facilities and missions. We will have over 20 decadal posters at the meeting, providing similar input. Now we must begin to grapple with the ultimate issues of the decadal study - how do we look across all the recommendations that have been made, and determine our priorities for the next decade?

Your input on this matter is extremely important.

To receive your input will be a panel consisting of Mike Belton, Carle' Pieters (Chair, NRC Inner Planets DP), Reta Beebe (Chair, NRC Giant Planets DP), Robert Pappalardo (COMPLEX, and Vice-Chair NRC Large Satellites DP), and Michael A'Hearn (Vice-Chair, NRC Primitive Bodies DP). Joining them will be Colleen Hartman (NASA), Mark Sykes, and Wes Huntress (who also sits on the NRC Steering Group).

To give this input some focus, I request that members of the community address two questions:

(1) What are the three most significant discoveries of the past decade?
(2) What are the three most important investigations for the coming decade?

I would also like to request that you email copies of your answers to these questions before or after NASA Night to Mike Belton ( and myself ( for compilation.

We look forward to seeing you all.

Mark V. Sykes
DPS Chair


Monday Nov. 26, 2-3 pm, Burgundy A
TNO Discovery and Follow-up
Organizers and Contacts: email: Joel Parker ( and Marc Buie (

Monday Nov. 26, 2-5 pm, Burgundy CD
Undergraduate Teaching Workshop: Teaching Non-Science Majors
Organizer and Contact: Tim Slater (

Monday Nov. 26, 3-4:40 pm, Burgundy AB
Earth-Based Observations of Comet 19P/Borrelly and the Deep Space 1 Mission
Organizer and Contact: Dan Boice (SwRI and IAG/USP, and Bonnie Buratti (JPL,, and the DS1 Science Team

Tuesday Nov. 27, 12:30-2 pm, Board Room
PDS Small Bodies Node
Organizer and Contact: Ed Grayzeck (

Wednesday Nov. 28, 12:00-2 pm, Board Room
International Jupiter Watch/Atmospheres Team
Organizer and Contact: Reta Beebe (rbeebe@NMSU.Edu)

Thursday Nov. 29, 12:30-2 pm, Board Room
ACM 2002 Scientific Organizing Committee
Organizer and Contact: Uri Carsenty (

Thursday Nov. 29, during luncheon time, place TBD.
International Jupiter Watch Steering Committee
Organizer and Contact: Glenn Orton (

Friday Nov. 30, 12:45-1:45 pm, Board Room
Status of Women in Astronomy
Organizer and Contact: Beatrice Muller (

Saturday Dec. 1, 12:35-2 pm, Board Room
PDS Rings Node
Organizer and Contact: Mark Showalter (

For further information see the DPS Meeting web page:


The White House has requested help from the nation's scientists in identifying emerging technologies which may help us in the ongoing war against terrorism. Towards that end, Colleen Hartman (Director, NASA Solar System Exploration Division) is requesting input on sensors with a 6-month to production research timeframe, so that very mature technologies in want of a few dollars may be brought to bear. Longer-term possibilities are still of interest, but the near-term is most important. Contact: Gary S Rawitscher (, FAX 202 358-3097). Colleen will be reading them all personally and forwarding a set that will get the highest consideration from the Administration. Thank you.

Mark V. Sykes
DPS Chair

Nice, France, 21-26 April, 2002

Abstract deadline: 11 January 2002

Sessions on planetary topics:

PS1.01    Terrestrial planets: surfaces and interiors
PS1.02    Terrestrial planets: atmospheres
PS1.03    Terrestrial planets: plasma physics
PS1.04    Exobiology in the solar system
PS2.      Mars exploration programmes
PS3.      Return to the Iron Planet: Mercury
PS4.      Lunar exploration
PS5.01    Outer planets: satellites and rings
PS5.02    Outer planets: atmospheres
PS5.03    Outer planets: plasma physics
PS6.01    Comets and asteroids
PS6.02    Meteorites
PS6.03    DS1 encounter with comet P/Borrelly
PS7.      Exoplanets and the formation of planetary systems
PS8.      Laboratory experiments on astrophysics and planetary physics
PS9.      Magnetic fields of solar system bodies
PS10.     Geochemistry of solar system bodies
PS11.     Solar system radiophysics (co-sponsored by ST)
GI3.01    Space instrumentation: Open session on space instrumentation
            (co-sponsored by ST & PS)
GI3.02    Space instrumentation: Time-of-flight instrumentations for 
            space plasmas (in memoriam of Berend Wilken)
            (co-sponsored by ST & PS)

For complete information, see the EGS Web site:


New Orleans DPS is almost upon us. Following are a few tips to help you plan and best enjoy your visit. You can find these tips and more on New Orleans on the meeting web pages: (U.S. site) (European mirror site)

We're looking forward to seeing you soon in the Big Easy!

-Marc Buie & Alan Stern
Local Organizing Co-Chairs

Ten tips about the New Orleans DPS

10. New Orleans is akin to Manhattan in that renting a car is all but useless, and pretty much a waste of money. By using the airport to hotel transport, the hotel shuttles to the French Quarter (or an occasional cab), you'll save time, money, and some pretty severe parking headaches.

9. New Orleans is prone to rain, even in late November, so bring a raincoat (we'll provide umbrellas for all- no kidding!).

8. New Orleans is a late night town. Many bars and clubs in the French Quarter remain open almost 24/7. Music, drinks, and shopping are available at almost any time. With this in mind we have planned for generous lunch breaks and relaxed morning starts on most days. Enjoy the nightlife!

7. Personal security is an issue in some New Orleans neighborhoods. Please consult with hotel staff before setting out on walks across the downtown area. While the French Quarter itself is very safe, many of the surroundings immediately adjacent are not. The Hyatt (our meeting hotel) provides trolley-bus transport to and from two sites in the Quarter: take advantage of this service!

6. Food is abundant in New Orleans. So too, it is often rich and very high in calories. Plan to gain a little mass, it's The Big Easy!

5. The meeting banquet (Thursday night, the 29th) is planned as a Mississippi river cruise on the paddlewheel steamer, the Natchez. The banquet will be replete with good food, good spirits, and good friends.

4. The locals all speak with a distinctive accent. Although phrase books and foreign language skills are not needed for English speakers, the accents can be thick and you may have to repeat yourself occasionally to locals to be understood.

3. The DPS Business meeting is not at night this year (nightlife in "NOLA" is just too good to squander). Instead, the Business meeting is set for Wednesday morning, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. To entice you to come, we've arranged for a Louisiana-style breakfast that will include quiche, sausage biscuits, sweet breads, and more! This complementary breakfast buffet will open at 8:00 a.m.

2. The LOC is at your disposal regarding on site advice. Most of the LOC grew up in New Orleans, or attended college in Louisiana, or have had relative there, and we love the place. If you want advice about the city or the surrounds, seek us out.

1. This year's DPS is in New Orleans, enjoy, cher!

Alan Stern, for the N.O. Meeting organizers


Post-Doctoral Research Associate, LPL, The University of Arizona

Planetary Scientist, Lockheed Martin Astronautics

Senior Planetary Scientist, Johns Hopkins University/APL

IRTF Deputy Division Chief, University of Hawaii.


Alan Harris, on behalf of the DPS Committee This week only: submissions to Alan Harris: After that: submissions to Melissa McGrath: (Yahoo!!!)

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