NASA to Discuss Lunar and Planetary Science at Houston-area Conference

NASA scientists from across the agency will highlight the advances in lunar science in the last 50 years as well as findings from Mars and asteroid sample return missions during the 50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March 18-22.

Special session panels will feature information on how the Moon became the foundation of planetary science, results and images from the New Horizons spacecraft, NASA's InSight mission, OSIRIS-Rex and Hayabusa2.

NASA also will hold two briefings at the conference. A NASA Headquarters briefing will be held at 5:30 p.m. CDT on March 18, during which representatives from the Planetary Science Division of NASA's Science Mission Directorate will update the community on the status of the division's fleet of missions and programs. The update will be streamed on the conference's website.

NASA also will hold a town hall meeting at noon on March 19, which will include a question and answer session.

The conference will take place at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center at 1601 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands, Texas.

Media may register to attend.

The conference is presented by the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston. LPI is managed by the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), a national, nonprofit consortium of 105 leading research universities chartered in 1969 by the National Academy of Sciences at the request of NASA. USRA operates programs and institutes focused on research and education in most of the disciplines engaged in space-related science and engineering.

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