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Mars Events


Mars Exploration Program Science Calendar

mars events calendar

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops


Date & Location

Event Information


Second Quarter, 2008

April 13–18, 2008


European Geophysical Union (EGU) Meeting

PS3.2 Session on Mars Science and Exploration will address results from all ongoing missions to Mars, including Mars Express, as well as the future exploration of the Red Planet; including precursor robotic missions, Mars sample return missions and future human exploration.

(Submitted by Agustin Chicarro, ESTEC, session convener)

April 15–17, 2008

Santa Clara, California

Astrobiology Science Conference (ABSciCon) 2008

Sessions will be held related to the major scientific themes:  “The Astrophysical and Planetary Context for Life,” “The Origin and Evolution of Life,” and “The Search for Life in our Solar System and Beyond.”

Note Mars special sessions: 

o       Approaches and Technologies to Detect Life on Mars (Submitted by Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Washington State University)

o       Session 26:  Mars Sample Return Planning Issues

(Submitted by Margaret Race, SETI Institute/NASA Ames Research Center)

April 17, 2008

Tucson, Arizona

2001 Mars Odyssey – 41st Project Science Group Meeting

Contact Jeff Plaut,

April 20–23, 2008

San Antonio, Texas

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) 2008 Annual Convention and Exposition—Deliver the Conventional, Pursue the Unconventional

Expo held during Fiesta Week at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.  Note special sessions/workshops:

o       Astrogeology - A Far-Sighted Look at Unconventional Resources

o       Return to the Moon: Research, Resources, and Rewards

(Submitted by Cynthia Dinwiddie, SwRI, San Antonio, Texas)

April 21–23, 2008


Mars Water Cycle Workshop

The Muséum National d’Histoires Naturelles

Detailed information regarding workshop attendance, registration, and abstract submission can be found at:

(Submitted by Franck Montmessin, CNRS/IPSL, France)


April 21–23, 2008

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Ground Truth From Mars:  Science Payoff From a Sample Return Mission

Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town

Mars sample return is again on the horizon, enabled by a sample cache on the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory rover, and endorsed as a logical continuation of the "Follow the Water" strategy of NASA's Mars Exploration Program.  The two-and-a-half day workshop will cover the following topics:

o       Overviews: Mars exploration strategy, Mars sampling strategy enabled by previous missions

o       Sulfates, sheet silicates, and zeolites as recorders of Mars surface processes

o       Astrobiology priorities for sample return

o       Samples (i.e., igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks, regolith) recording Martian atmospheric, fluid, and magmatic evolution and timing of events

First Announcement:

(Submitted by Kimberly Taylor, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, Texas)

April 27–May 1, 2008

PHX ORT9 (dress rehearsal) Operational Readiness Test

April 29–30, 2008

Pasadena, California


April 29–May 2, 2008

New Mexico

Planetary Dunes Workshop: A Record of Climate Change


May 5–8, 2008

Oxnard, California

The Science of Solar System Ices (ScSSI): A Cross-Disciplinary Workshop

Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel and Resort


May 12–16, 2008

Heidelberg, GERMANY


Hosted by ESA and Eumetsat, organised by AIAA

May 21-23, 2008

Washington University,

St. Louis, Missouri

Mars Express OMEGA-HRSC Data Workshop

3-day workshop at PDS Geosciences Node will provide graduate students, post Doctorals and other Mars investigators with a working knowledge of how to use the Mars Express OMEGA (Observatoire pour la Minéralogie, l'Eau, les Glaces et l'Activité) and HRSC (High Resolution Stereo Camera) data sets.

Interested participants should contact Tommy Thompson and advise their familiarity with IDL and with Mars Express.; (818) 354-3881

May 25, 2008

Phoenix mission landing on Mars

Landing is at approximately 4:30 pm Pacific Time.  PHX mission web site:


May 27–30 2008

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

AGU Joint Assembly


June 1–5, 2008

St. Louis, Missouri

Meeting #212 of the American Astronomical Society


June 8–11, 2008

Montreal, Quebec


The Fifth Annual Planetary and Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium (PTMSS)

Hosted by NORCAT

Deadline for abstract:  May 9, 2008

June 9-11, 2008

Madrid, Spain

Mars Express Data Workshops

At ESAC.  Intended to provide users of the Planetary Science Archive (PSA: and scientists interested in exploring and using ESA Mars Express data the possibility to meet members of Instrument Teams and get experience with basic data handling, processing and integration.  Both scientific and technical lectures and hands-on are planned.

June 9:  Radio Science:  Radio occultation data (neutral atmosphere and ionosphere)

June 10-11:  MARSIS data subsurface and ionosphere data.

Useful:  knowledge of MATLAB

Attendance is limited to about 25 participants; first come, first served.

Interested participants should send email with name, institution, Level: student, PhD, Post doc,… Interest for which data set:  Radio-Science, MARSIS ionosphere, MARSIS subsurface.

Contact Olivier Witasse, ESA,


June 16–18, 2008

Busan, KOREA

5th Asia Oceania Geosciences Society Meeting


June 23–27, 2008

Atlanta, Georgia

6th International Planetary Probe Workshop (IPPW-6) at the Georgia Institute of Technology

Deadline for early registration:  May 15, 2008

June 25, 2008

Mars solstice (beginning of northern summer)


June 29–July 3, 2008

Fairbanks, Alaska

Ninth International Conference on Permafrost (NICOP)

Note special session:  Planetary Permafrost and Astrobiology

Campus of University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Abstracts encouraged from the planetary science community studying permafrost and icy surfaces throughout the Solar System and from the astrobiology community interested in organisms living or preserved in ice or permafrost.

(Submitted by Chris McKay, NASA Ames Research Center)

Third Quarter, 2008

July 13-18, 2008

Vancouver, BC, CANADA

Goldschmidt 2008 Conference

Theme 2, Session #02b:  Surface Geochemistry and Processes on Mars

(Submitted by Nick Tosca, Harvard University)


July 13–20, 2008

Montreal, Quebec CANADA

37th COSPAR Scientific Assembly


July 14–18, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland

10th Asteroids, Comets and Meteors Conference

Abstract deadline:  April 2, 2008

Deadline for preregistration at a reduced rate:  May 12

Contact:  Margaret Simon,

July 20-23, 2008

Moffett Field, California

NLSI Lunar Science Conference

NASA Ames Conference Center

Abstract deadline:  April 29, 2008

Registration deadline:  June 24, 2008

(Submitted by Will Marshall, NASA Ames Research Center)


July 28–August 1, 2008

Matsue, JAPAN

71st Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society

Deadline for abstracts:  May 7, 2008

Deadline for pre-registration:  June 30, 2008

August 6–14, 2008


The 33rd International Geological Congress

A disciplinary symposium in Comparative Planetology, with a special session PIP-02 The Geology of Mars and Venus results.  Other sessions in Impact Structures.

Early registration deadline:  April 15, 2008

(Submitted by Jouko Raitala, University of Oulu, FINLAND)

August 11–16, 2008

Arlington, Virginia

Sixth International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

One of the themes is “Application of Geotechnical Engineering in Outer Space, including Granular Material Behavior in Lunar and Martian Environments; Extraterrestrial Mining, Construction, and Transportation Infrastructure Development”.

Deadline for early registration (discounted fee):  April 30, 2008


August 17–21, 2008

Vredefort Dome,


Conference on Large Meteorite Impacts and Planetary Evolution IV

Sunwa River Lodge

Deadline for abstracts:  May 15, 2008


August 24–29, 2008

Florence, ITALY

XV International Conference on the Origin of Life

Deadline for abstracts and early registration:  May 2, 2008

Sponsor: The International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life

September 15-17, 2008

Houston, Texas

Workshop on the Early Solar System Impact Bombardment

Lunar and Planetary Institute

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 early evolution of life on Earth.

Deadline for indication of intent:  May 21, 2008

Deadline for abstracts:  July 2, 2008

Final announcement and workshop program will be posted by August 6, 2008.

September 15-17, 2008

Pasadena, California

MSL (Mars Science Laboratory) 3rd Landing Site Workshop

Open to the Mars Community

Contact Matt Golombek

Submitted by Ashwin Vasavada, JPL

September 18-19, 2008

Pasadena, California

MEPAG (Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group) Meeting #19

Contact Jack Mustard,


September 22–26, 2008

Münster, GERMANY

European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC)

University Münster. 

Deadline for abstracts:  June 1, 2008

Deadline for preregistration:  August 15, 2008

Contact Harald Hiesinger:

September 25-28, 2008

New Mexico

Caves of Mars Field Meeting:  Lavatubes and their extraterrestrial analog value for Mars, and possibly other bodies

Sponsored by the Association of Mars Explorers, a non-formal group who have either had a mission on Mars, or who have worked extensively in analog environments.

     September 25-26:  Field meeting on site, El Malpais National

        Monument, Grants, NM.

     September 27-28:  Chaco Canyon field trip

Contact:  Penny Boston,

Caves of Mars Project:

September 29–October 3, 2008


59th International Astronautical Congress

This event includes a Space Exploration Symposium the whole week, with sessions on astronomy, the Moon, Mars, advanced concepts, and solar system exploration)

Deadline for early registration with discount:  August 1, 2008


October 5–9, 2008

Houston, Texas

Geological Society of America national meeting

Deadline for abstracts:  June 3, 2008

Deadline for pre-registration:  August 2008


October 10–15, 2008

Ithaca, New York

40th Annual Meeting of the DPS

Deadline for abstracts:  August 1, 2008

Deadline for early preregistration:  September 1, 2008

October 20-24, 2008

Moab, Utah

Second Workshop on Mars Valley Networks

Sponsors: The Smithsonian Institution and University of Virginia

Valley networks represent the best evidence that water once flowed across the surface of ancient Mars.  This workshop will provide a forum for discussing the extraction of watershed information from digital elevation models of the martian surface, age-dating valley network systems, and other quantitative measurements of valley networks.  A field trip to look at sapping features in the Colorado Plateau is also planned. 

Contact, or Bob Craddock (

(Submitted by Bob Craddock, Smithsonian Institution, workshop convener)

October 27–31, 2008


10th ILEWG International Conference on Exploration and Utilization of the Moon (ICEUM10/ILC2008)

(Dates TBC near LRO launch)

November 10–14, 2008

Williamsburg, Virginia

3rd International Workshop on the Mars Atmosphere:  Modeling and Observations

Sponsor: The Lunar and Planetary Institute

Contacts: Joel S. Levine and Francois Forget

November 2008

End of MRO Primary Science Phase; transition to Relay Phase

November 18, 2008

Start of Mars solar conjunction

Fourth Quarter, 2008


December 15–19, 2008

San Francisco, California

Fall meeting, AGU

December 24, 2008

End of Mars solar conjunction


December 26, 2008

Mars equinox (beginning of northern fall)



January 7–10, 2009

Long Beach, California

Meeting #213 of the American Astronomical Society


February 2009

East Coast

MEPAG (Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group) Meeting #20

March 2009

Houston, Texas

Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

Deadline for abstracts:  TBD

April 2009



International Conference on Comparative Planetology: Venus-Earth-Mars at ESTEC

Contact: Augustin Chicarro—

June 2009

Fourth MSL Landing Site workshop


June 7–11, 2009

Pasadena, California

Meeting #214 of the American Astronomical Society


July 7-12, 2009

Melbourne, Australia

7th International Conference on Geomorphology

Ancient Landscapes – Modern Perspectives

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

There will be dedicated sessions on Planetary Geomorphology and a field trip to examine analog landscapes in South Australia.

(Submitted by Mary Bourke, Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, Arizona)


July 13–18, 2009


72nd Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society

Contact: Marc Chaussidon, Guy Libourel or Bernard Marty

October 2009

2009 Mars Launch Period Opens


October 4–9, 2009

San Juan, Puerto Rico

41st Annual Meeting DPS


October 18–21, 2009

Portland, Oregon

Geological Society of America National Meeting


December 15–19, 2009

San Francisco, California

AGU Fall Meeting



January 3–7, 2010

Washington, DC

Meeting #215 of the American Asronomical Society


March 2010

Houston, Texas

Lunar and Planetary Science Conference


June 6–10, 2010

Miami, Florida

Meeting #216 of the American Astronomical Society


July 18–25, 2010


38th COSPAR Scientific Assembly


July 25 OR August 1, 2010

Toronto, Ontario


73rd Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society

Contact: Dr. G. Srinivasan


October 2010

42nd Annual Meeting of the DPS


October 31–November 3, 2010

Denver, Colorado

Geological Society of America National Meeting


December 13–17, 2010

San Francisco, California

AGU Fall Meeting



January 2011

Seattle, Washington

Meeting #217 of the American Astronomical Society


June 2011

Boston, Massachusetts

Meeting #218 of the American Astronomical Society

July 2011

Pasadena, California

8th International Conference on Mars

California Institute of Technology


August 2011



74th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society

Contact: Gretchen Benedix


October 2011


43rd Annual Meeting of the DPS


October 9–12, 2011

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Geological Society of America National Meeting


December 12–16, 2011

San Francisco, California

AGU Fall Meeting



August 2012

Cairns, Queensland AUSTRALIA

75th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society

Contact: Trevor Ireland


August 2012


The 34th International Geological Congress



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