One of the rows of people and posters during the Tuesday Poster Night Session. Credit: LPSC

One of the rows of people and posters during the Tuesday Poster Night Session. Credit: LPSC

The 48th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference is held at The Woodlands, Texas for one week every year- facilitating over 2,000 planetary scientists from around the world!

The Center for Space and Planetary Science at the University of Arkansas brought 7 students plus 1 summer intern to present our latest research in our lab work and other projects!

Of our 8 students, we had 5 oral presentations and 8 posters. I had authored 2 posters for the Pluto session and co-authored 2 Mars posters with mineralogy work I had done!

This kind of conference, being international and broad with Solar System sciences, allows students, professors, and civil servants to mingle and hopefully collaborate on even more questions to be answered about our Solar System! Jacobs, an industry on engineering and meteorite sampling, brought a moon rock!

Lunar meteorite displayed at LPSC from the Apollo 11 mission! Credit: Caitlin Ahrens

Lunar meteorite displayed at LPSC from the Apollo 11 mission! Credit: Caitlin Ahrens

Attached is the program that you could click through the abstracts!:

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2017/pdf/program.pdf

One of the posters I co-authored about mineralogy of a surface feature on Mars! Credit: Caitlin Ahrens.

One of the posters I co-authored about mineralogy of a surface feature on Mars! Credit: Caitlin Ahrens.

Needless to say, many ideas have surfaced and will keep us busy until next year's Conference!

Next week- a look at the MAVEN probe!