Every year, planetary scientists flock to The Woodlands, Texas (near Houston) for the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)’s Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC). March 2017’s meeting was the 48th annual LPSC and was bigger than ever with 1745 registered attendees including academics such as professors, researchers, and students (some of them tweeting highlights of the conference with #LPSC2017), as well as members of the press. Those presenting their research either gave a 15 minute talk at any point Monday March 20th to Friday March 24th, or presented a poster at either of the two poster sessions the Tuesday and Thursday evenings that week. Included among the presenters were many of the Diviner team!
Research done with Diviner by team members tended to be concentrated among sessions that focused on the Moon. These sessions ranged from Lunar Volcanism to the formation of the Moon, to how it evolves over time via impacts or other processes to the search for water ice in permanently shadowed regions of the Moon. Some talks and posters make use of the composition data from Diviner: using channels 3, 4, 5 (observing wavelengths near 8 microns, but not overlapping), one can find the Christiansen Feature. This feature is the maximum emissivity of a material, and its specific wavelength can tell us what kind of minerals make up the lunar regolith in a region. Other talks made use of the thermal history of the surface, either observing variations throughout the day or looking at how the lunar surface has changed since the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter started observing in 2009. This includes the appearance of “cold spots”—ejecta from fresh craters that is colder than their surroundings at night.
In addition to disseminating Diviner science to other researchers, Diviner team members were able to briefly reunite, as many work in different institutions around the world. In all, the meeting was a fun and productive whirlwind, leaving us pumped to continue our research! We’ll definitely be sure to show up again next year.
Oral Presentations include:
Oded Aharonson et al. SIZE AND SOLAR INCIDENCE DISTRIBUTION OF SHADOWS ON THE MOON
Carlton Allen et al. DO BARE ROCKS EXIST ON THE MOON?
Josh Bandfield et al. A PROMINENT AND UBIQUITOUS OH/H2O FEATURE IN CORRECTED LUNAR SPECTRA
Catherine M. Elder et al. THERMOPHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF LUNAR VOLCANIC DEPOSITS
Matt Siegler et al. MICROWAVE REMOTE SENSING OF LUNAR SUBSURFACE TEMPERATURES: RECONCILING CHANG’E MRM AND LRO DIVINER
Jean-Pierre Williams et al. A RECENT, LARGE MULTI-IMPACT EVENT ON THE MOON
Poster Presentations include:
Ben Greenhagen et al. INVESTIGATING EVOLVED COMPOSITIONS AROUND WOLF CRATER
Szilard Gyalay et al. RECALIBRATING THE MOON’S THERMOMETER: LRO DIVINER NONLINEAR DETECTOR RESPONSE AND OPPOSITION EFFECT CORRECTIONS
Dylan McDougall et al. PHOTOMETRIC CORRECTION OF THERMAL DATA FROM THE DIVINER LUNAR RADIOMETER
Patrick Russell et al. THERMOPHYSICAL BEHAVIOR OF THE UPPERMOST LUNAR SURFACE FROM DIVINER HIGH TIME-RESOLUTION, POST-SUNSET OBSERVATIONS
Katherine Shirley et al. SYNTHETIC SPACE WEATHERING EFFECTS IN THE NEAR- AND MID-INFRARED