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Swirls are among the most puzzling features on the surface of the Moon. We are hosting an informal one day Workshop without Walls on lunar swirls using NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI) remote communications tools.
Their bright, looping patterns are unlike anything seen in the solar system. The origin of the lunar swirls has been discussed for many years, but a universally accepted explanation for their formation remains elusive.
Current space missions are returning new views of the lunar swirls, at resolutions and wavelengths never before considered. These new data have the potential to provide tremendous new insights into swirl formation. We are therefore hosting an informal one day Workshop without Walls on lunar swirls using NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI) remote communications tools. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss recent advances in the study of lunar swirls. There will be invited and submitted talks, as well as time for informal discussions. The schedule will be as follows:
Background on Lunar Swirls
|C. Neish/B. Farrell||Welcome and Logistics||8:30am (11:30 EDT)|
|C. Pieters||The enigmatic lunar swirls||8:45am (11:45 EDT)|
|I. Garrick-Bethell||The dust levitation model||9:00am (12:00 EDT)|
|P. Pinet||The impact model||9:15am (12:15 EDT)|
|E. Harnett||The solar shielding model||9:30am (12:30 EDT)|
|P. Pinet/G. Kramer||Discussion: Pros and cons of swirl formation models||9:45am (12:45 EDT)|
|M. Wieczorek||Origin of magnetic anomalies||10:00am (13:00 EDT)|
|J. Halekas||The interaction between the solar wind and magnetic anomalies||10:15am (13:15 EDT)|
|R. Christoffersen||Space weathering||10:30am (13:30 EDT)|
|C. Pieters/S. Besse||Discussion: The environment of the swirls||10:45am (13:45 EDT)|
|BREAK||11:00am (14:00 EDT)|
|G. Kramer||Overview of new spacecraft missions and data integration||11:15am (14:15 EDT)|
|S. Lawrence||LROC Observations||11:30am (14:30 EDT)|
|S. Besse||M^3 Observations||11:45am (14:45 EDT)|
|T. Glotch||Diviner Observations||12:00pm (15:00 EDT)|
|C. Neish||Mini-RF Observations||12:15pm (15:15 EDT)|
|B. Bussey/C. Neish||Discussion: Surface characteristics of lunar swirls||12:30pm (15:30 EDT)|
|Y. Futaana||Observations of magnetic anomalies by SARA||12:45pm (15:45 EDT)|
|X. Wang||Laboratory investigations of the lunar electrical environment||1:00pm (16:00 EDT)|
|J. Keller||Lunar ion transport near magnetic anomalies||1:15pm (16:15 EDT)|
|Y. Saito||MAP-LMAG Observations||1:30pm (16:30 EDT)|
|H. Shibuya||MAP-PACE Observations||1:45pm (16:45 EDT)|
|J. Haruyama||LISM Observations||2:00pm (17:00 EDT)|
|M. Horanyi/G. Kramer||Discussion: Electrical environment of lunar swirls||2:15pm (17:15 EDT)|
|G. Delory||Future Directions: LADEE and beyond||2:30pm (17:30 EDT)|
|C. Neish/B. Farrell||Wrap-up and Conclusions||2:45pm (17:45 EDT)|
Participation in this workshop will require only an internet connection, and it will be available to interested scientists from around the world.
Scientific organizing committee:
* Bill Farrell, NASA GSFC
* Carle Pieters, Brown University
* Mihaly Horanyi, University of Colorado
* Ben Bussey, JHU/APL
* Greg Schmidt, NLSI
* Brad Bailey, NLSI
* Yvonne Pendleton, NLSI
Please register for this workshop at
Registration will remain open through the end of the workshop.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Presenters for the Lunar Swirls workshop will be connecting through a Video Teleconferencing System for audio/video transmission as well as a computer through Adobe Connect (http://connect.arc.NASA.gov/lsw) for presentation sharing. If a presenter cannot connect through a video teleconferencing system such as Polycom, LifeSize, etc., then a toll free international teleconferencing line will be made available for audio and a webcam through Adobe Connect will be used for video (listed below).
Non-presenters will be able to participate in the workshop by logging in as a “Guest” to http://connect.arc.NASA.gov/lsw. Audio, video and screen sharing will be broadcast out to the viewers. Questions will be asked through the chat window and relayed to the Presenter by a moderator.
Below are the dial in numbers for registered international participants. All countries use the same passcode listed below. If your country is not listed, please contact Ricky Guest at Ricky.Guest@nasa.gov for your specific country dial-in number.
India A 000-800-852-1262
India B 000-800-001-6241
New Zealand 0800-450-869
South Korea 00798-14800-7198
United Kingdom 0808-238-0617
United States 866-692-4538
Participant Passcode: 6744214
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