Early History of the Terrestrial Planets:
New Insights from the Moon and Mercury
The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center
1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Texas, USA
March 17-18, 2012
Co-Sponsored by Brown University, Vernadsky Institute,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
and the NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI)
Register for Microsymposium 53
Saturday, March 17, 2012
I. Models of Formation of the Moon and Mercury. Chair: Sean Solomon.
1. Patrick Peplowski: Chemistry of the surface of Mercury from MESSENGER: Constraints on models of origin.
2. Denton Ebel: Mercury and enstatite chondrite origins by equilibrium condensation from chondritic-IDP enriched vapor.
3. David Stevenson: Origin of the Moon: New insights.
4. Kaveh Pahlevan: Origin of the Moon: Chemical evolution of an impact-generated disk.
5. Qing-Zhu Yin: The final stage of terrestrial planet formation: Dynamics and composition of the late planetesimal veneer.
II. The Early Bombardment History of the Moon and Mercury. Chair: David Kring.
1. Caleb Fassett: The observed impact crater record on the Moon and Mercury: Implications for impactor populations, basin formation and planetary resurfacing.
2. Clark Chapman: Assessment of evidence for two populations of impactors in the inner solar system: Implications for terrestrial planetary body history.
3. William Bottke: A synthesis of results from the Early Solar System Impact Bombardment II Workshop: Implications for the Moon and Mercury.
IV. Magnetic Fields on the Moon and Mercury. Chair: Michael Purucker.
1. Ben Weiss: Origin and history of the lunar magnetic field.
2. Catherine Johnson: Origin and history of Mercury’s magnetic field.
Reception and Posters
Sunday, March 18, 2012
IV. Earliest History of the Moon and Mercury: Initial Crustal Formation and Evolution. Chair: Carle Pieters
1. Brad Joliff: Chemistry and mineralogy of the lunar crust: Recent findings, new diversity, and fundamental questions.
2. Larry Nittler: Chemistry of the crust of Mercury from MESSENGER.
3. Linda Elkins-Tanton: Models for the formation and evolution of impact generated primary crusts on the Moon and Mercury.
4. Tim Grove: Experimental petrology on Mercury silicate compositions interpreted from MESSENGER data.
5. Stephen Parman and Will Vaughan: Experimental petrology on Mercury sulfide compositions interpreted from MESSENGER data.
6. Lionel Wilson: Volcanism on the Moon and Mercury.
V. Synthesis and Future Developments. Chair: Jim Head and Alexander Basilevsky.
1. Maria Zuber: Lunar Gravity and Topography: A Comparative Planetology Approach.
2. Sean Solomon: Looking Ahead at Mercury to the MESSENGER Extended and BepiColombo Missions.