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Conferences:ESLAB Symposium on Formation and Evolution of Moons[Mon, 25 Jun 2012]

13 Feb 2012, 12:02 UTC
Conferences:ESLAB Symposium on Formation and Evolution of Moons[Mon, 25 Jun 2012]
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ESLAB is an annual meeting organised by the European Space Agency&aposs Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration Research and Scientific Support Department.
Purpose
A moon is any Solar System body that orbits a larger body other than the Sun. As of today, 170 moons orbit six of the eight planets, while 7 moons orbit three of the five dwarf planets. Numerous moons have been discovered around asteroids and Trans-Neptunian objects. Also, there are large numbers of small moons embedded within Saturn&aposs rings.Understanding the formation and evolution of the natural satellites of the planets is important, as a piece of the wider puzzle concerning the formation and evolution of the Solar System as a whole. Significant progress has been achieved recently on the formation of the Moon and of the regular satellites of the giant planets. However, many questions regarding the different formation mechanisms are still unanswered.The goal of the symposium is to review all possible scientific mechanisms for forming the moons, and for driving their subsequent evolutions, and their consequences on our current understanding of solar system formation and evolution.
Topics will include the Earth-Moon system, Mars&apos Phobos and Deimos, the natural satellites of the giant planets and of Pluto ...

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