[meteorite-list] Workshop on Early Solar System Bombardment III

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:22:12 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <201409221722.s8MHMCfo013668_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>


Workshop on Early Solar System Bombardment III
February 4-6, 2014
Houston, Texas


Universities Space Research Association
Lunar and Planetary Institute
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI)

Dr. David Kring
    Lunar and Planetary Institute

Dr. Robin Canup
    Southwest Research Institute

Simone Marchi
    Southwest Research Institute
Kaveh Pahlevan
    Nice Observatory
Ross Potter
    Lunar and Planetary Institute/Brown University
Timothy Swindle
    University of Arizona
Richard Walker
    University of Maryland

First Announcement - September 2014

Meeting Location and Date

The Workshop on Early Solar System Impact Bombardment III will be held
February 4-6, 2015, at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), located
in the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) building
<http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/areamap.pdf>, 3600 Bay Area Boulevard,
Houston TX 77058.


One of the legacies of the Apollo program is the concept of late heavy
bombardment or a lunar cataclysm that may have resurfaced the Moon and
thermally metamorphosed its crust. Several recent studies have continued
to test that concept and explore the implications any bombardment may
have for our understanding of lunar evolution and for the origin and
early evolution of life on Earth. That lunar record has also recently
been expanded to include studies of asteroids and other solar system bodies.

Another legacy of the Apollo era is the giant impact model, in which the
Moon forms as a result of an oblique impact between the early Earth and
another planet-sized body. Computer simulations have established that
such an impact can produce an appropriately massive and iron-poor disk
around the Earth. However, uncertainty remains as to how best reconcile
the impact theory with key observed properties of the Moon. These
include the Moon's close compositional similarity to the Earth's mantle,
the lunar depletion in volatile elements, and a potentially water-rich
lunar interior.

Purpose and Scope

Recognizing the community's interest in these topics, the LPI and
partners within the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Institute
(SSERVI) have organized a workshop to explore them. The workshop will
provide an opportunity to integrate several diverse components of the
above topics. Example topics relevant to the lunar cratering record
include an assessment of the geologic record of impact cratering
throughout the solar system, cosmochemical constraints on any early
bombardment, and dynamical models that might explain the flux of debris
and potential changes in the flux of debris. Example topics relevant to
lunar origin include cosmochemical and geophysical constraints on lunar
formation; giant impact simulations; the chemical, thermal, and/or
dynamical evolution of the protolunar disk; and the accretion and early
evolution of the Moon.

The goal is to investigate the range of collisional events from the late
stages of terrestrial planet accretion to the end of the basin-forming
epoch on the Moon. Although the Moon will be a central component of the
workshop, the discussion will include observations elsewhere, such as
Mercury, Mars, the asteroid belt, and outer solar system moons.

Meeting Format

The workshop will be dominated by contributed oral and poster
presentations, although a small number of invited presentations are
planned to frame the issues to be explored. These will be designed to
set the stage for the workshop and identify broad issues. Contributed
talks and posters that then follow will add detail and hopefully new
information that helps resolve the broad issues.

Indication of Interest

To subscribe to a mailing list to receive electronic reminders and
special announcements relating to the meeting via e-mail, please submit
an electronic Indication of Interest form
<https://www.hou.usra.edu/meeting_portal/iofi/?mtg=bombardment2015> by
October 6, 2014.


For further information regarding the scientific content of the meeting:

Dr. David Kring
Lunar and Planetary Institute
E-mail: Kring at lpi.usra.edu

For further information regarding meeting details, abstract submission,
or registration:

Kira Honnoll
Meeting and Publication Services
USRA Houston
Phone: 281-244-2011
E-mail: khonnoll at hou.usra.edu


Deadline for submitting indication of interest October 6, 2014
Second announcement, including call for abstracts and registration,
posted on this website October 7, 2014
Abstract deadline November 18, 2014
Final announcement with program and abstracts posted on this website
December 22, 2014
Workshop on Early Solar System Impact Bombardment III February 4-6, 2015
Received on Mon 22 Sep 2014 01:22:12 PM PDT

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