Status Report

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

By SpaceRef Editor
November 25, 2001
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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

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

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!!!)

SpaceRef staff editor.