LPL 50th Anniversary Homecoming Symposium
by Department of Planetary Sciences Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
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Celebrating 50 Years In 1960, Gerard P. Kuiper founded the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) in a tiny corner of the top floor of the University of Arizona’s Atmospheric Sciences Building, staffing the new laboratory with young scientists, many of whom became prominent in the field in the coming decades. Fifty years later, many of LPL’s original founders are still active in the field of planetary science, and LPL has remained at the forefront of planetary studies, conducting research through astronomical observations, theoretical studies, spacecraft, and the studies of samples from space. During the 50th anniversary year, LPL held a series of events, including special public events, lectures by some of the alumni, and an anniversary weekend for those who have passed through LPL.
|1||VideoEarly Days at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory||William Hartmann is founder of the Planetary Science Institute, where he is now Senior Scientist. Dr. Hartmann is an alumnus of the University of Arizona and of LPL: "I came in 1961,when LPL was located in the Physics, Math, and Meteorology Building, PMM. A group of us were located not in PMM but in a Quonset hut called T6, for Temporary Building Number 6. It was a sort of cylindrical shaped structure, on the present location of the science library. We used to have jokes about Kuiper flying into a tizzy over something and saying 'Call T6, call T6' because a bunch of us graduate students over there were either about to be chewed out or he needed us to do something."||11/8/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||VideoChicken Little's Reservoir:||LPL's Legacy and Current Advancements in Near-Earth Asteroid Population Detection and Mitigation Efforts||11/8/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||VideoFrom Hawthorne House to the Papal Palace: Adventures of a Vatican Planetary Scientist||Brother Guy Consolmagno is the curator of meteorites at the Vatican Observatory. He has an extensive academic background and has written more than 100 scientific publications alongside numerous books.||11/8/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
|4||VideoMars on Ice: Dynamic Processes on the Cold Martian Surface||Colin Dundas is Postdoctoral Research Associate and holds his Ph.D. in Planetary Sciences from the University of Arizona. His research interests include: planetary geomorphology and surface processes, particularly focusing on the surface of Mars. I use a combination of image analysis (largely using data from the HiRISE camera) and modeling to examine the formation and evolution of surface features. This helps to understand the processes and conditions which have shaped the present surface. I am particularly interested in periglacial and volcanic features and the nature of Martian ground ice.||11/8/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
|5||VideoWhen Dust Gets in Your Eyes: A Different View of the Solar System Emerges at LPL in 1980s||Abstract: In the early 1980s, worlds in the outer solar system were being seen up close for the first time. Sykes discovered large new structures in the inner solar system studying data from a small satellite named IRAS. Comet trails (looking for all the world like airplane contrails in space) changed our understanding of the basic composition of comets. Rings of dust around the sun arose from asteroid collisions and revealed an interplanetary dust complex that was highly variable over time. Sykes also began his study of asteroids, primarily in the thermal infrared, and is now a co-investigator on the Dawn mission to the two largest asteroids in the main belt. Then there was Pluto...||11/8/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
|6||VideoExperiences with Kuiper and Planetary Infrared Spectroscopy||Abstract: Gerard P. Kuiper discovered the atmosphere of Titan by photographic spectroscopy in 1944; in 1946, he turned his attention to planetary spectroscopy beyond the limits of photographic emulsions. Many discoveries were quick to follow. Cruikshank will talk about these discoveries as well as early experiments and observations in the field of near-infrared planetary spectroscopy as it now stands.||11/29/2010||Free||View in iTunes|