Micro59 Poster

The Chinese Lunar and Deep Space Exploration Program

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center
1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Texas, USA




International exploration of the Solar System has grown significantly since the beginning of the Space Age, with missions launched by many nations, and participation by scientists worldwide in planning and data analysis.  Microsymposium 59, cosponsored by the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, and the Russian Academy of Sciences Vernadsky and Space Research institutes, is dedicated to a focus on the lunar and deep space exploration activities of the People’s Republic of China.  Microsymposium 59 will be highlighted by reports from a wide range of Chinese university and Chinese Academy of Sciences scientific colleagues and their descriptions of both data analysis and results of previous missions to the Moon.  It will also include informal and unofficial presentations on future mission plans and activities for the Moon, Mars, asteroids and beyond.   Of particular interest will be on the analysis of data for the Chang’E 1-3 missions and the concepts and landing site selection studies for the Chang’E 4 farside rover and Chang’E 5 nearside mare lunar sample return missions.

The program consists of a series of invited papers by our Chinese colleagues and will convene on Saturday, March 17th, 2018 (1 PM-6 PM) and Sunday, March 18, 2018 (8:30 AM-12 Noon).  The Microsymposium will emphasize these invited reports and an open discussion format.

Those wishing to attend the conference can register at any time, including up to the time of the conference, but advance notice helps us to plan refreshments and seating. Please forward this announcement to interested colleagues and students.

Brown University Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Brown University Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences
Vernadksy Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Micro 59 Science Organizing Committee:
Dr. Chunlai Li, National Astronomical Observatories of China, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing
Academician Lev Zelenyi, Director, Space Research Institute, RAS, Moscow, Russia
Dr. Yuri Kostitsyn, Director, Vernadsky Institute, RAS, Moscow, Russia
Dr. Long Xiao, Director, Planetary Science Institute, China University of Geosciences at Wuhan, Wuhan, China
Dr. Kwing Lam Chan, Director, Space Science Institute, Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau, China
Dr. Maria Zuber, Vice President for Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
Dr. Michel Blanc, IRAP/OMP, Toulouse, France; Executive Director, ISSI-Beijing, China
Dr. Alian Wang, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA
Apollo 15 Commander David R. Scott, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA
Dr. James W. Head, III, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA
Dr. Jessica Flahaut, CNRS/CRPG Nancy, France
Dr. Wenzhe Fa, Peking University, Beijing, China
Dr. Jianzhong Liu, Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guiyang, China
Dr. Zongcheng Ling, Shandong University at Weihai, Weihai, China
Dr. Carle Pieters, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA
Dr. Harald Hiesinger, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Germany
Dr. Clive Neal, Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN, USA
Dr. Alexander Basilevsky, Vernadsky Institute, Moscow, Russia
Dr. Lionel Wilson, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK
Dr. J. N. Goswami, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Dr. Yunzhao Wu, Purple Mountain Observatory, China Academy of Sciences, Nanjing, China 
Dr. Ho Jin, Kyung Hee University, Republic of Korea
Dr. Makiko Ohtake, ISAS, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Japan