Annual Meeting
Keith J. Bennett
“Exploring the Solar System: Missions and Data”

Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Time Details: 5:30PM Business Meeting for Members Only – Card Room
6:00PM Cocktails
6:45PM Dinner, Presentation to Follow
Location: Please contact Rebecca Doane for Location or (314) 552-6000, x1302


Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Humanities’ robotic probes are currently ranging across the solar system exploring planets, asteroids, comets, moons, and the space in between. Their returned data provides a wide range of opportunities for scientists, hobbyists, and the general public to explore the solar system with them. This talk will first cover the state of solar system exploration including current and future missions such as the New Horizons mission to Pluto, the MESSENGER mission to Mercury, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission to the Moon, and the recently launched Mars Science Laboratory (aka Curiosity), the next Mars rover. We’ll also discuss some of the recent discoveries including the presence of water on the Moon and the role of water on Mars. Finally, we’ll explore the wide range of planetary data and tools available and how one can use these to conduct their own “virtual planetary exploration.”

Walk-Ins Welcome: No
Reservation Deadline: May 9, 2011
Payment Information: Payment must be mailed in advance. See flyer for details.
Member Dinner Ticket: $70
Guest Dinner Ticket: $75

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