Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: Arrival and Mars' north pole
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla
22-09-2008 13:27 CDT
All this week, Doug Ellison will be filing reports from the third European Planetary Science Congress, also known as Europlanet, taking place in Münster, Germany. Doug is the dictator-for-life of the online forum unmannedspaceflight.com. Thanks, Doug! --ESL
by Doug Ellison
Another year, another Europlanet. This time it's in the northwest German city of Münster, at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (that's the University to you and me). It's a stunning venue, somewhat compromised by the large tent erected to house the poster sessions.
As you will have heard Emily and me both lament from conferences before: until we figure out how to clone ourselves, we can only see on session at a time. Europlanet this year runs five sessions concurrently, so four-fifths of the content immediately flies out the window. Because of that, and because of my bias toward presentations on subjects that find interesting and I think I can blog about, I would urge you to review the abstracts at the EPSC Website. Two-page abstracts abound, and in some cases cover every ounce of information that will be presented in the oral presentations anyway. I'm going to try and pick one or two presentations each half-day, and blog those. On Wednesday are the Outreach sessions, in which I'm presenting on the outreach done by the Mars Exploration Rover team that the amateur community has leveraged into what I call
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