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52nd Annual Meeting of The Division of Planetary Sciences

Oct 26, 2020 to Oct 30, 2020
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SwRI will be exhibiting at the 52nd Annual Meeting of The Division of Planetary Sciences (DPS) Virtual Conference. Visit our booth, talk with our staff, and listen to our presenters.

Presentation Schedule (EST)

Monday, October 26

Noon-1:00 p.m., Press Conference

Hear from experts including SwRI’s Eliot Young and Tracy Becker, who’ll be talking about Pluto’s hazy atmosphere and our first glimpse of Psyche using HST far-UV technology, respectively.


2:00-2:30 p.m., Session 102—Pluto System: Atmosphere

“Pluto atmospheric waves from stellar occultations: a wavelet method,” Leslie A. Young

“Increases in Pluto's Haze Opacity and Column Abundance from 2015 to 2018,” Eliot Young


2:30-3:00 p.m., Session 105—Pluto System: Geology

“Impactor Populations and Terrain Age Estimates from Craters on Pluto and Charon,” Kelsi N. Singer

“Characterization and Analysis of Dune Fields on Sputnik Planitia,” Chelsea L. Ferrell


3:00-3:30 p.m., Session 106—Icy Galilean Satellites: Spectroscopy

“Advances in Planetary Far-UV Imaging Spectroscopy: Applying lessons learned at the Moon to Europa, Ganymede, and other bodies,” Kurt D. Retherford


3:30-4:00 p.m., Session109—Icy Satellites: Surface and Above

“Modeling Cold Traps on Rhea,” Georgina Miles


Tuesday, October 27

1:00-1:55 p.m., Session 200—Plenary Panel: Active Outer Solar System Satellites

“A Comparative Look at Europa and Enceladus, Two Active Ocean Worlds,” Alyssa Rhoden


2:00-2:30 p.m., Session 202—Main-Belt Asteroids 3: Very Large Asteroids

“Investigating Asteroid (16) Psyche with HST Ultraviolet Observations,” Tracy M. Becker

“Calibration of iSALE shock physics code to study hyper-velocity collisions in metal-rich asteroids,” Amanda Alexander


4:00-4:30 p.m., Session 215—Icy Satellites: Surface and Below

“Enceladus' Between-Stripe Emission,” Carly Howett


4:30-5:00 p.m., Session 218—Titan Surface and Interior

“Organic Content of Titan's Interior Ocean from Accreted Insoluble Organic Matter,” Kelly E. Miller


Wednesday, October 28

2:30-3:00 p.m., Session 307—Centaurs and Kuiper Belt Objects: Multiples

“Cold Classical Binary KBOs in the Solar System Origins Legacy Survey: Preliminary Results from Complete Survey,” Alex Parker

“New Horizons Satellite Searches From Within The Kuiper Belt,” Simon Porter


3:00-3:30 p.m., Session 310—Pluto System: Photometry and Sputnik

“Pluto's Dark Heart? Albedos of Large Pits in Sputnik Planitia,” Brian A. Keeney

“Pluto’s Dark Heart? Spectral Properties of Large Pits in Sputnik Planitia,” Rachael Hoover

“The Pits of Pluto’s Sputnik Planitia: Volatile Loss Considerations,” S. Alan Stern


3:30-4:00 p.m., Session 311—Mars Surface

"A New Crater Chronology for Mars, Implications for Jezero Crater,” Simone Marchi

“Evaluation of an Efflorescence, Saltation, and Grain Flow Mechanism for Martian Recurring Slope Lineae,” David Stillman


4:00-4:30 p.m., Session 314—Giant Planets 5: Upper Atmosphere

“Juno/UVS Observations of Transient Luminous Events in Jupiter's Upper Atmosphere,” Rohini Giles


4:30-5:00 p.m., Session 318—Io: Atmosphere and Beyond

“Spectroscopic observations of Io Neutral Clouds: constraints on Na-bearing dust grains ejected from Io,” Cesare Grava


5:00-6:00 p.m., Session 320—White Paper Discussion Hour

“Ceres Planetary Mission Concept Study: Exploration of Ceres’ Habitability,” Kelly E. Miller

“Terrestrial Planets Comparative Climatology (TPCC) mission concept,” Kandis-Lea Jessup

“Stratospheric Venus Observatory,” Viliam Klein


Thursday, October 29

11:15-11:45 a.m., Webinar

“The Juno Extended Mission,” Scott Bolton


12:45-1:55 p.m., Session 400—Plenary Panel: New Results from Bennu and Ryugu

“Geology of Bennu's Equatorial Region,” Kevin Walsh


2:00-2:30 p.m., Session 401—Trojan Asteroids

“Stellar occultation results on Lucy Mission targets,” Marc W. Buie


2:00-2:30 p.m., Session 402—Asteroids: Bennu and Ryugu 1

“The Mix is In! Exploring the Origin of Exogenous Material in Asteroids and Meteorites,” William Bottke


3:30-4:00 p.m., Session 411—Cloudy and Hazy Titan

“Microphysics of Titan’s Dynamic Hazes,” Erika L. Barth


4:00-4:30 p.m., Session 416—Dust and Solar Wind

“Galactic Lyman-α Background Detected by New Horizons,” Randy Gladstone


Friday, October 30

3:15-3:45 p.m., Session 507—Formation of Planetary Systems: Moons and Satellite Systems                     

“Co-accretion + giant impact origin of the Uranus system,” Raluca Rufu


3:15-3:45 p.m., Session 508—Arrokoth

“Searching for Close Satellites of the New Horizons KBO Flyby Target (486958) Arrokoth,” John R. Spencer


3:45-4:15 p.m., Session 511—Comet Surfaces

“Determining the dust mass loss, dust-to-gas ratio, dust size distribution, and dust fall-back fraction of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko with 3D dust and gas dynamics models,” Raphael Marschall

“Characterizing Impact-Based Space Weathering on Small Bodies Through Collisionally Induced Shock Effects in Experiments with Forsterite Grains,” Akbar Whizin


For more information, please contact Tracy Becker.