In preparation for missions to primitive asteroids and to better interpret recent remote sensing datasets from Mercury, the Moon, and other objects, we need a better understanding of how the space environment alters the surfaces of airless bodies from a remote sensing perspective, how analysis of returned samples provides ground truth for interpreting the spectral data, and how laboratory experiments provide quantitative constraints on the processes involved. The purpose of the workshop is to bring together scientists across a range of disciplines to discuss and exchange ideas about space weathering processes and their effects from their different perspectives. These discussions will allow us to assess the current state of knowledge and to identify the major gaps in our understanding of space weathering in preparation for new asteroid encounters and sample return missions.

The first announcement for the Workshop on the Space Weathering of Airless Bodies is now available.

Meeting Location and Date

The Space Weathering of Airless Bodies: An Integration of Remote Sensing Data, Laboratory Experiments and Sample Analysis Workshop will be held November 2–4, 2015, at the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) building, 3600 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, Texas.

IMPORTANT: To receive e-mail updates about this meeting, including deadline reminders, abstract submission details, etc., you MUST complete the electronic Indication of Interest form by Thursday, July 17, 2015. If you are not on this Indication of Interest list you will NOT receive these important updates.


July 2, 2015
Second announcement, including call for abstracts and registration

July 17, 2015
Deadline for submitting indication of interest

August 20, 2015
Abstract deadline

September 18, 2015
Final announcement with program and abstracts posted

November 2, 2015
The Space Weathering of Airless Bodies: Integration of Remote Sensing Data, Laboratory Experiments and Sample Analysis Workshop

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Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff
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