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selvaarchi
2015-Nov-11, 12:02 PM
This week Emily Lakdawalla will be reporting from Washington, D.C. from the 47th annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society. The first post below is a highlight of all the sessions that will take place. The next is from the 1st sessions on Pluto - more specifically, on its small moons.

http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2015/dps15-1108-introduction.html


I'll be reporting all week from Washington, D.C. from the 47th annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society. Expect lots of news from New Horizons, Dawn, Cassini, MAVEN, WISE, and Rosetta missions, not to mention ground-based telescopes, plus a variety of other sources. I'll be tweeting sometimes, but there will be a lot of scientists at DPS tweeting using the hashtag #DPS15, so I will focus my efforts on taking notes for blogs that will probably trickle out over the next couple of weeks.

I'll also be enjoying myself talking with scientists. In a departure from past years' programs, most days of this year's DPS meeting feature lengthy plenary sessions, in which the entire meeting is focused on a single track of presenters. I put together this colorful mini block schedule to help me see the shape of the week.

http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2015/dps15-1110-small-moons.html


How to make sense of a day and a half of packed scientific sessions and hallway conversation on Pluto? Based on past experience, it's best to cut a big problem into smaller pieces and take them on one at a time. So for my first post on results from the Division for Planetary Sciences meeting, I'm going to tell you about Pluto's small moons: Styx, Nix, Kerberos, and Hydra.

selvaarchi
2015-Nov-13, 06:37 AM
Next post from the meet by Emily Lakdawalla is on Ceres.

http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2015/dps15-1112-ceres.html


Most of the news coming out of the first couple of days of the Division for Planetary Sciences meeting was about Pluto, but there are several other missions actively returning new data right now, notably Dawn and Rosetta. This is the first major meeting since Dawn's arrival at Ceres, and despite competition with Pluto surface science there was a well-attended Ceres session on Monday and lively poster session on Tuesday. I wish I had time to illustrate this post better, but I have to get back to the meeting and talks on giant planets and icy moons!