Planetary Science Directorate


Upcoming SwRI Boulder Colloquia

Colloquia are normally on Tuesdays at 11:00 am in the 4th-floor conference room, except as indicated below in bold text.
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Simon Porter, 303-226-0868 or porter(at), or
Amanda Zangari, 720-208-7206 or azangari(at)

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Thu Aug 24, 20171:00 pm Kelsi Singer SwRI Boulder Craters and Cryovolcanoes – Comparisons across the outer solar system
Tue Aug 29, 201711:00 am Silvia Protopapa University of Maryland A window to the formation and evolution of the Solar System through compositional analysis
Abstract: Over the past decade, the synergy of ground- and space-based observations, modeling efforts, and laboratory studies has highlighted vital information on the composition of solar system bodies. I will discuss some of the latest results from New Horizons at Pluto and contrast them with emerging trends seen in other trans-Neptunian objects and comets – the primitive remnants of the planetesimal disk from which the outer planets formed. I will demonstrate how characterizing the composition of these objects, which requires performing laboratory measurements and applying advanced modeling techniques to interpret state-of-the-art ground-based and space-based observational data, improves our understanding of the primordial solar nebula and the accretion processes that led to the formation of the planets. I will also outline future work and perspectives in light of recent results.
Tue Sep 5, 201711:00 am Derek Lamb SwRI Boulder