While Tuesday's sessionsexplore the past and the present
of the solar system, a specialmeeting on Wednesdaywill discuss the
future. Entitled "LookingForward,"this session will include a series
of papers about future planetary exploration,coveringnew and promising
techniquessuch as radar mapping of Venus and discussingfuture missions that cold be sent to Mars.
Mars and Mercury will be discussedtogether at a meeting
devoted exclusivelyto new results on these two planets.
Special sessionsare also being organized for subjectsthat ar
expeciallyexcitingfor the scientificcommunity. Mars and Mercury will
be discussed togetherat a meeting devoted exclusivelyto new results
on these two planets. A special session on meteoriteswill present new
results from a
new "gold rush" in space sciences
dozens of well-preservedmeteoriteson the frozen Antarctic ice cap
this past winter, Prof. William Cassidy, the Universityof Pittsburgh
geologistwho led a U.S.-Japaneseteam which made the discovery
believesthat two of the meteoritesmay be preservedmaterial fro a
very early period of solar system history.
These two meteorites,along with about 300 other fragments,
will be examined in detail at the Johnson Space Center later this spring
and summer. This collectionmay prove to be an importantsource of new
informationabout the origin and history of the solar system. Two of
the specimensare believedto be carbonaceouschondrites,a rare
carbon-bearingtype of meteorite that may give us a new understanding
abot the origin of life.