[meteorite-list] 1st Meeting of the International Primitive Body Exploration Working Group (IPEWG)

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 09:40:33 -0800 (PST)
Message-ID: <200712111740.JAA17865_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>


The First Meeting of
The International Primitive Body Exploration Working Group (IPEWG)
January 14-15, 2006
Okinawa, Japan
A Possible Extension of
the Meeting until January 16th

Thanks to strong responces received by now,
we are cyrrently invetigating a possibility to extend the meeting for
one more day, i.e., to continue until Januray 16th.

Please be warned and plan your travel schedule carefully. We will
update this page as soon as such an schedule extension is decided and we
will send emails to all those who have registered by then.


Thanks to successful development of enabling technologies for deep space
exploration, missions to small solar system bodies have revolutionized
our understandingof the Solar System's origin and evolution in the last
decade. At present, rendezvous, impact, landing and sample return
missions to asteroids and
comets such as NEAR-Shoemaker, Hayabusa, Stardust, Deep Impact,
Rosetta,Dawn, EPOXI and NEXT as well as New Horizons, a fly-by mission
to EKBOs, are completed or still in the middle of operation.

Also more challenging, new missions are under development or under
concept studies by several space agencies including Hayabusa-2, Hayabusa
Mk-II(Marco Polo), Don Quijote, OSIRIS, and Phobos-Grunt.

In addition to scientific and engineering motivations, NEO studies
receive increasing interests in the context of planetary defense, deep
space human spaceflight and potential in-situ resource utilization.

In 1980's, the inter-agency coordination group for Comet Halley
exploration proved that synergy of coordinated individual missions could
enrich total outcomes more than each result combined.Since then,
international exploration working groups participated by international
space agencies have been formed
and played key roles for advancing fields of solar terrestrial physics,
Moon and Mars missions.

As we are entering the second golden age of the primitive body
exploration in upcoming decade, now is the appropriate time to create
the International Primitive Body Exploration Working Group (IPEWG) in
order to promote international collaborations and to maximize outcomes
of each mission. With these in mind, the first IPEWG meeting will be
hosted by JAXA at Okinawa,the southern-most, tropical island in Japan.
All space agencies, scientists, engineers and other interested
stakeholders are cordially invited.

JSPEC Program Office : jspec-office at jaxa.jp

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency(JAXA)
JAXA Space Exploration Center(JSPEC)
3-1-1 Yoshinodai, Sagamihara, Kanagawa. 229-8510, JAPAN
Fax. +81-42-759-8675
Received on Tue 11 Dec 2007 12:40:33 PM PST

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