The New Horizons project team held a scientific conference – The Pluto System on the Eve of Exploration by New Horizons: Perspectives and Predictions – at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, from July 22-26, 2013. Set two years before the July 2015 New Horizons flyby of Pluto, the conference allowed the mission science team and interested members of the planetary science community to:
Kimberly Ennico Smith, a research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center and the New Horizons deputy project scientist, covered the Pluto Science Conference from start to finish. Her blog entries on the meeting – in chronological order – are below.
Introducing the Pluto Science Conference Jul 22-26, 2013
New Horizons, a Mission for the Patient (and Persistent)
'Initial Reconnaissance of the Solar System's Third Zone'
The Architecture of the Pluto Fly-By Sequence
Introducing the New Horizons Instrument Menagerie
Pluto, King of the Kuiper Belt, Prince of the Plutinos
Finding that Distant KBO Needle in a Deep Space Haystack
Comparative Compositions of Pluto and Friends
'Weather on Pluto. Fair, Haze Patches at First. Moderate Calm with the Occasional Chop'
Pluto's Uppermost Atmosphere. How Big Is It?
More predictions about Pluto's changing atmosphere. And Charon may have a few surprises of her own
How can you form Pluto and Charon? Let me just count the ways
Small Is the New Big
Playing Marbles at Pluto
Pluto, the Orange Frosty, Served with a Dash of Nitrogen, a Pinch of Methane, and Smidgen of Carbon Monoxide
Some insights into Charon and What Roles Laboratory Work Play in New Horizons Science
It's More than Skin Deep: Interiors of Pluto and Charon, a Discussion
Geology of Unmapped Worlds
Did You Know It's Northern Springtime on Pluto Right Now?
Coordinate Systems Do Matter; Brush up on that Right Hand Rule, Y'all.
Winds. Fog. Frost. Global Weather Predictions on Pluto
Pluto Exotica: Atoms, Pick Up Ions, Bow Shocks, Suprathermal Tails, X-Rays, UV airglow
The Pluto Science Community Is Rich and Diverse, Just Like Its Target of Study