Solar System Exploration @ 50
Planned Program
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Thursday - October 25, 2012

7:30 – 8:30 am

Registration Opens. Coffee and refreshments available.


8:30 – 9:00 am


Opening remarks by Mr. James H. Crocker, Vice President & General Manager, Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company


9:00 – 9:45 am

Keynote Speech – Peter Westwick (University of Southern California): Exploring the Solar System: Who has done it, how, and why?


9:45 – 11:45 am

Panel #1: Politics and Policy in the Conduct of Solar System Exploration


Panel Chair: Marcia Smith (Space and Technology Policy Group)


Dwayne Day (National Research Council): The National Research Council’s Role in the American Planetary Exploration Program.     


Roger Handberg (University of Central Florida): The Politics of Pure Space Science, the Essential Tension, Human Spaceflight’s Impact on Scientific Exploration


Jason W. Callahan (The Tauri Group): Funding Planetary Science: History and Political Economy


John M. Logsdon (George Washington University) and Andre Bormanis (Independent Writer/Producer): The Survival Crisis of The Planetary Program


11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Lunch Keynote Speaker - James L. Green (NASA): NASA’s Solar System Exploration Paradigm: The First Fifty Years and a Look at the Next Fifty


1:00 – 3:00 pm

Panel #2: The Lure of the Red Planet


Panel Chair: Janet Vertesi (Princeton University)


Richard W. Zurek (JPL): Mars After 50 Years Of Space Exploration: Then, Now, and Beyond


David Grinspoon (Denver Museum of Nature & Science): Evolving Concepts Of Planetary Habitability In The Age Of Planetary Exploration


Erik M. Conway (JPL): Dreaming Of Mars Sample Return, From Viking To The Mars Science Laboratory


W. Henry Lambright (Syracuse University): NASA, Big Science, And Mars Exploration: Critical Decisions From Goldin To Bolden


3:15 – 5:15 pm

Panel #3: Public Perceptions, Priorities, and Solar System Exploration


Panel Chair: Heidi Hammel (Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA))


Linda Billings (George Washington University): Survivor(?): The Story Of s. Mitis On The Moon


William R. Macauley (Freie Universität Berlin): ‘Instant Science’: Space Probes, Planetary Exploration And Televisual Media


Laura Delgado López (Institute for Global Environmental Strategies): Killer Asteroids: Popular Depictions and Public Policy Influence


Giny Cheong (George Mason University): Voyager: Exploring Through the Public Eye


5:30 – 7:00 pm

Solar System Exploration @50 Reception

Hosted by Lockheed Martin

(Civil Servants please note that there may be monetary restrictions. Details will be posted soon.)

Friday - October 26, 2012


8:30 – 9:15 am

Keynote Speech - Wesley T. Huntress, Jr. (NASA Advisory Committee) and Mikhail Marov (Keldysh Institute): First On The Moon, Venus And Mars: The Soviet Planetary Exploration Enterprise


9:30 – 11:30 am

Panel 4: Exploring the Outer Solar System


Panel Chair: Ralph McNutt (Applied Physics Laboratory)


Torrence V. Johnson (JPL): Outer Solar System Exploration: An Archetype Of The Scientific Method


Arturo Russo (University of Palermo): Europe’s Rendezvous With Titan” The European Space Agency’s Contribution in The Cassini-Huygens Mission To The Saturnian System


Robert Pappalardo (JPL): Revealing Europa’s Ocean


11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Lunch and conversation


1:00 – 3:00 pm

Panel #5: Institutional Arrangements in Solar System Exploration


Panel Chair: Joan Johnson-Freese (U.S. Naval War College)


J.D. Burke (JPL): Foundations Of Solar System Exploration At JPL: How The First Mariners And Rangers Built Them


John Sarkissian (CSIRO): Mariner 2 And The CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope: Fifty Years Of International Collaboration.

Michael Neufeld (National Air and Space Museum): Transforming Solar System Exploration: The Applied Physics Laboratory and the Origins of the Discovery Program, 1989-1993


Petar Markovski (University of Oklahoma): International Cooperation In Solar System Exploration: The Cases Of Ulysses And Giotto


3:15 – 4:45 pm

Panel #6: Roundtable – From the Past to the Future


Moderator: Andrew Chaikin (Independent Space Historian)


Glenn E. Bugos (Ames Research Center): Precursor Missions: The Science Of What Comes Next


Amy Paige Kaminski (NASA): Faster, Better, Cheaper: A Sociotechnical Perspective on Programmatic Choice, Success, and Failure in NASA’s Solar System Exploration Program


G. Scott Hubbard (Stanford University): Exploring Mars: Following the Water


Chas Beichman (Caltech): The search for and study of extra-solar planets:   Extending planetary science into the realm of classical astronomy