Last week was the 46th Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences. The meeting was held in sunny Tucson, Arizona, which was fantastic because the weather was nice and warm all week. The weather in Boulder was (and still is) rather frigid, so I’m not sorry to have missed the worst of it.
At DPS, planetary scientists gather to present the latest Solar System and Exoplanet research. I presented a poster detailing efforts to measure the Solar phase curve of Pluto using New Horizon’s LOng Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI). It’s still a work in progress, and the data we will get during Approach Phase 1 (starting in January!) will be needed to complete the project.
My poster along with everything Pluto was discussed on Thursday. Pluto presentations covered all aspects of Pluto science from occultation measurements of the atmosphere, to ultra-high resolution Pluto spectra, to new estimates of the size of Pluto (gotta get the betting pool done before New Horizons answers the question once and for all) to laboratory work on the ices thought to cover Pluto’s surface.
I also got my first chance at monitoring an oral session. This means I introduced each speaker, and made ...