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Public Lectures on Solar System Planetary Science - This Week on Campus

This week, there will be two open-to-the-public events happening in association with the 86th annual meeting of the Meteoritical Society, which we are hosting at the Luskin Center (  

The first is a lecture endowed by the Barringer Crater Company to be presented at 7 p.m. on Monday evening (August 14th) at the Fowler Museum. Amy Mainzer will speak about "Earth Approaching Asteroids and Comets: Opportunity and Risk".

The second is a symposium on Wednesday, August 16th from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. PDT at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall, sponsored by the SPACE Institute and open to the public. Eight leading planetary scientists will discuss missions to asteroids and plans for sample return from the martian system. The symposium will be followed by a 5 p.m. reception outdoors on the Schoenberg Terrace.

86th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society Plenary Symposium

Exploration missions and sample return from asteroids, moons, and planets.


Wednesday, August 16, 1:30 – 5:30 pm. Schoenberg Hall.

Final program:

1:35 Welcome remarks. Dean Miguel Garcia-Garibay

1:45 Dr. Laurie Leshin (Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Professor of Geochemistry and Planetary Science, Caltech). Dare mighty things together.

2:00 Dr. Nancy Chabot (Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University; President of the Meteoritical Society). NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission.

2:15 Dr. Linda Elkins-Tanton (Regents Professor in School of Earth and Space Exploration, vice president of the ASU Interplanetary Initiative, and Principal Investigator of the Psyche mission). The NASA Psyche mission: an electric journey to a metal world.

2:30 Dr. Hal Levison (Chief Scientist, Southwest Research Institute; Lucy Mission Principal Investigator). LUCY in the sky with Trojans.

2:45 Q&A; Panel Discussion. Moderator: Kevin McKeegan

3:10 Break

3:30 Dr. Shogo Tachibana (Professor, UTokyo Organization for Planetary and Space Science, University of Tokyo). Hayabusa2 – Sample return from carbonaceous asteroid Ryugu.

3:45 Dr. Lindsay Keller (planetary scientist, NASA Johnson Space Center, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science). The OSIRIS-Rex mission: sample return from Bennu.

4:00 Dr. Tomohiro Usui (Professor, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA). The Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) sample-return mission.

4:15 Dr. Meenakshi Wadhwa (Director and Foundation Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University). Bringing Mars samples back to Earth: priorities, plans, and progress.

4:30 Q&A; Panel Discussion. Moderator Ming-Chang Liu.

5:00 Closing; adjourn to terrace for drinks

Everyone is welcome to attend, so please share with all those who may be interested!

Posted on Aug. 14, 2023