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Monday Minute: Low Cost Planetary Missions Conference

January 24, 2011

The 9th IAA Low-Cost Planetary Missions Conference will be 21-24 June 2011 in Laurel, MD.  The following information is from their web site:

Mark your calendars for the 9th Low-Cost Planetary Missions Conference, organized and hosted by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD, and devoted to cost-efficient planetary missions with exciting science results.  The conference is a forum for planetary scientists, technologists, engineers, managers, and agency officials to collect and exchange information and ideas for making this class of robotic mission richer scientifically and yet affordably low cost.  This IAA-sponsored series of conferences has become the only venue for the international community to discuss methods to achieve cost-efficient exploration of objects in our solar system. In general, low-cost missions are the NASA equivalent of an Explorer or Discovery mission. The space agencies of Europe, Japan, Russia, India, and China have similar programs of planetary exploration within this cost range. Significant advances in scientific knowledge have resulted from this class of missions and will continue to do so in the future.

Abstracts are due 1 February 2011, and presenters will submit a final paper up to 8 pages before their scheduled presentation at the conference. 

Are you going?  Have you been to one of these meetings before?

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