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 -
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.
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