The Planetary Society is hosting a reception at Madison Hall, in the James Madison Memorial Building of the Library of Congress to highlight the potential for future exploration of the outer planets.
After NASA's Cassini mission ended in September, the Juno spacecraft at Jupiter is the only NASA mission still in orbit in a planet beyond the asteroid belt. New Horizons, which flew by Pluto in 2015, will pass by a Kuiper Belt Object in early 2019. But the outer planets are rich with scientific destinations, from the myriad ocean moons to the mysterious interiors of the massive planets to the active ice flows on Pluto. Much remains yet to be discovered.
This event will feature displays and information on future missions to explore this massive realm that have been proposed or are in development right now. Including:
James Webb Space Telescope
The Ice Giants (Uranus and Neptune)
The rockets needed to get there
Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with some of the top scientists in the field of outer planet exploration.
Complimentary food and drinks are provided courtesy of B Burgers DC, Jim Beam, Cotton & Reed, and High Seas.
The Planetary Society is hosting space scientists, experts, and partner organizations to highlight the future of outer planets exploration after the end of the Cassini mission at Saturn. This is a casual reception with short remarks by special guests. Complimentary food and drink is provided.
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