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Mission of Opportunity

DIXI: Deep Impact eXtended Investigation of Comets - Michael A’Hearn (PI), University of Maryland — Uses the existing Deep Impact spacecraft for an extended flyby mission to a second comet, Boethin, that will return data advancing our understanding of the nature of comet nuclei.

  • EPOCh: Extrasolar Planet Observations and Characterization -

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      Drake Deming (PI), NASA GSFC — Observations using Deep Impact’s High Resolution Imager will either lead to the discovery of additional low mass (down to one Earth-mass) planets or will set limits on the existence of such planets that will be useful for constraining theories of planet formation.

  • Stardust NExT: A Mission of Opportunity to complete the exploration of Tempel 1 - Joseph Veverka (PI), Cornell University — Uses the Stardust spacecraft to perform an extended flyby mission to comet Tempel 1 which will provide the first look at the changes to a comet nucleus after a perihelion passage.

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Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Satellites of the Outer Solar System

  • Purpose is to bring together researchers to share their work in the broader context of common processes and unique properties shaping the satellites of the outer solar system

  • The goal of the conference is to promote cross fertilization of research among small communities focused on specific satellites

  • Papers in special issue of JGR-Planets

  • August 13-15 in Boulder, CO http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/icysat2007/home.shtml

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