Program for the First MSL Landing Site Workshop
Pasadena Conference, Convention Center, Old Town Pasadena, CA
May 31st - June 2nd, 2006
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8:30 a.m. Start of Day 1
Welcome / Introduction
8:30 a.m. Welcome from HQ
Michael Meyer
Talk [Powerpoint; 13 MB]
8:45 a.m. Overview of Process
Talk [Powerpoint; 1 MB]
9:05 a.m. Overview of MSL Mission
Talk [Powerpoint; 9 MB]
9:35 a.m. MSL Engineering Constraints
Michael Watkins
10:05 - 10:20 a.m. Break
General Aspects
10:20 a.m. Planetary Protection Constraints
John Rummel
Talk [Powerpoint; 9 MB]
10:40 a.m. Mapping Engineering Constraints from orbit to the surface
M.P. Golombek
Talk [Powerpoint; 27 MB]
11:00 a.m. A geoscience-based digital mapping approach for MSL landing-site selection
K.L. Tanaka, J.A. Skinner and T.M. Hare
Abstract [PDF; 31 KB]     Talk [Powerpoint; 7 MB]
11:15 a.m. Preliminary atmospheric hazard assessment for MSL EDL
S.C. R. Rafkin and T.I. Michaels
Abstract [PDF; 110 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 1 MB]
11:30 a.m. Determining surface characteristics at candidate MSL landing sites using THEMIS high-resolution orbital thermal inertia data
R.L Fergason and P.R. Christensen
Abstract [PDF; 152 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 35 MB]
11:45 a.m. The truth about Martian dust: Ground-truthing the TES Dust cover index and its significance to landing site selection
S.W. Ruff
Abstract [PDF; 105 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 7 MB]
12:00 p.m. Landing site surface characteristics from TES EPF observations
J. Bandfield
Abstract [PDF; 18 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 20 MB]
12:15 - 1:45 p.m. Lunch
Overview of Site Science
1:45 p.m. Broad perspectives on preferred types of Mars Science Laboratory landing sites: Experience from characteristics of previous landing sites and developing sedimentologic facies models
M.P. Golombek and J.P. Grotzinger
Abstract [PDF; 1.2 MB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 23 MB]
Gale Crater
2:00 p.m. The Gale Crater mound: A strong candidate landing site for the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory
J.F. Bell, K.S. Edgett, S. Rowland, M.C. Malin
Abstract [PDF; 185 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 13 MB]
2:15 p.m. Studies of Martian sedimentological history through in situ study of Gale and Oudemans Craters: Two landing site proposals for the Mars Science Laboratory
N. T. Bridges
Abstract [PDF; 839 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 8 MB]
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Break
Argyre and Others
2:45 p.m. Big Basins
B. A. Cohen
Abstract [PDF; 806 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 2 MB]
3:00 p.m. Proposed landing site for Mars Science Laboratory: Southern Argyre Planitia
J.S. Kargel and J.M. Dohm
Abstract [PDF; 2.7 MB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 12 MB]
3:15 p.m. Recent climate-related deposits in the southern hemisphere of Mars: A key class of landing site environments for the Mars Science Lander
M.A. Kreslavsky, J.L. Dickson, C.I. Fassett, J. Head, J.B. Madeleine and M.A. Ivanov
Abstract [PDF; 271 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 6 MB]
3:30 p.m. Fluvial Deposits in Margaritifer Basin: Potential MSL Landing Sites
K.K. Williams, J.A. Grant and C.M. Fortezzo
Abstract [PDF; 143 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 10 MB]
3:45 p.m. Gully analysis by the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory
W. E. Dietrich, J. Schieber, B. Hallet, K. Edgett, and M.C. Malin
Abstract [PDF; 565 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 13 MB]
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Discussion

8:30 a.m. Start of Day 2
Holden Crater
8:45 a.m. Testing a lacustrine hypothesis: An MSL landing site candidate in south Holden Crater
M.C. Malin and K.S. Edgett
Abstract [PDF; 824 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 7 MB]
9:00 a.m. Aqueous sedimentary deposits in Holden Crater: Landing site for the Mars Science Laboratory
R. P. Irwin and J. A. Grant
Abstract [PDF; 136 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 28 MB]
9:15 a.m. Leading MSL to water: Paleolacustrine landing sites redux
J.W. Rice
Abstract [PDF; 66 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 35 MB]
Eberswalde Crater
9:30 a.m. The Eberswalde deltaic complex as a high science-return target for the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory
J. Schieber, K. Edgett and M. Minitti
Abstract [PDF; 589 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 10 MB]
9:45 a.m. Deltas and related ponded sedimentary deposits: A key class of landing sites for the Mars Science Laboratory mission
J.L. Dickson, C.I. Fassett, J.W. Head, M.A. Kreslavsky, J.B. Madeleine, and M.A. Ivanov
Abstract [PDF; 224 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 36 MB]
Terby Crater
10:00 a.m. Terby Crater as a proposed landing site: MOC and OMEGA views of the geology and spectral variability in and around Terby Crater
E. Z. Noe Dobrea
Abstract [PDF; 48 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 37 MB]
10:15 a.m. Terby Crater as a potential landing site for the Mars Science Laboratory
S.A. Wilson, A.D. Howard and J.M. Moore
Abstract [PDF; 267 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 19 MB]
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
Valles Marineris / Chaos
10:45 a.m. Sulfate rich deposits in Candor Chasma, Valles Marineris
N. Mangold, J-P. Bibring, A. Gendrin, C. Quantin, J. F. Mustard, F. Poulet and S. Pelkey
Abstract [PDF; 2.1 MB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 37 MB]
11:00 a.m. Paleo-lake in Melas Chasma (Valles Marineris) as a potential landing site for MSL
C. Quantin, C. Weitz, R. Williams, G. Dromart, and N. Mangold
Abstract [PDF; 447 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 21 MB]
11:15 a.m. East Melas Chasm landing site rationale
M. Chojnacki and B. Hynek
Abstract [PDF; 454 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 12 MB]
11:30 a.m. Astrobiology-relevant hypotheses for the origin of quartz-bearing materials in Eos Chasma: Tests for the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory
V. E. Hamilton, S.L. Cady and P.J Boston
Abstract [PDF; 608 KB]       Talk [PDF; 5 MB]
11:45 a.m. Mars Science Laboratory landing Site: Linking the past and the present with Aram Basin
N. A. Cabrol and E. A. Grin
Abstract [PDF; 94 KB]
12:00 p.m. Iani Chaos as a landing site for the Mars Science Laboratory
T.D. Glotch
Abstract [PDF; 189 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 48 MB]
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
Meridiani Planum / Arabia Terra
1:15 p.m. Northern Sinus Meridiani landing sites for the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory
K.S. Edgett and M.C. Malin
Abstract [PDF; 720 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 17 MB]
1:30 p.m. Traverse across lower strata of Meridiani Planum layered deposits
A.D. Howard
Abstract [PDF; 151 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 18 MB]
1:45 p.m. MSL Investigation of possible crater lake sediments in northern Sinus Meridiani
L.V. Posiolova, K.S. Edgett and M.C. Malin
Abstract [PDF; 245 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 20 MB]
2:00 p.m. East of Eden: A return to the Meridiani region
B.M. Hynek
Abstract [PDF; 476 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 6 MB]
2:15 p.m. MSL Landing site in Eastern Meridiani Planum Ancient cratered crust, sediments, sulfates, and hematite
H.E. Newsom
Abstract [PDF; 95 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 6 MB]
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. Rhythmic sedimentary rock outcrops in a crater in west Arabia, for the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory
E. Heydari, L.C. Kah, M.C. Malin, P.C. Thomas
Abstract [PDF; 863 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 25 MB]
3:00 p.m. Sedimentary rocks and methane - southwest Arabia Terra
C.C. Allen, D. Z. Oehler1, and E. M. Venechuk
Abstract [PDF; 77 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 17 MB]
3:15 p.m. MSL Landing sites in ancient layered terrain: Becquerel Crater
J.C. Bridges and M. R. Balme
Abstract [PDF; 33 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 5 MB]
Volcanoes and/or Water
3:30 p.m. Sites of potential long term sub-surface water, mineral-rich environments, and deposition in South Elysium Planitia, Hellas-Dao Vallis, Isidis Basin, and Xanthe-Hypanis Vallis: Candidate Mars Science Laboratory Landing Sites
L.S. Crumpler
Abstract [PDF; 1.5 MB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 15 MB]
3:45 p.m. Northwestern slope valleys (NSVS) region: Prime candidate site for MSL Exploration of Mars
J.M. Dohm, R.C. Anderson, V. Baker, T. M. Hare, S.J. Wheelock
Abstract [PDF; 267 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 30 MB]
4:00 p.m. Athabasca Valles as a candidate MSL landing site
D.M. Burr, A.J. Brown, R.A. Beyer, A.S. McEwen, K.L. Tanaka, L.P. Keszthelyi, J.P. Emery and P.D. Lanagan
Abstract [PDF; 98 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 20 MB]
4:15 p.m. Searching for silicate bioweathering on Earth and Mars
M.R. Fisk and M.C. Storrie-Lombardi
Abstract [PDF; 87 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 16 MB]
4:30 p.m. Visit NE Syrtis Major! Win valuable Martian geological history!
R.P. Harvey
Abstract [PDF; 287 KB]       Talk [Powerpoint; 9 MB]
Clays and Sulfates
4:45 p.m. Mineralogical context for landing site selection: the OMEGA/MEx potential contribution
J-P. Bibring
Abstract [PDF; 32 KB]       Talk [PDF; 4 MB]
5:00 p.m. Aqueous alteration and evidence of habitability in Nili Fossae
J.F. Mustard, F. Poulet, N. Mangold, J-P. Bibring, R.E. Milliken and S. Pelkey
Abstract [PDF; 1.1 MB]       Talk [PDF; 7 MB]
5:15 - 6:00 p.m. Discussion

8:30 a.m. Start of Day 3
What's Next?
8:30 a.m. The High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC): A tool for landing site selection
E. Hauber, G. Neukum, R. Jaumann, K. Gwinner, F. Scholten, H. Hoffmann, S. van Gasselt and T. Duxbury
Abstract [PDF; 89 KB]       Talk [PDF; 15 MB]
8:45 a.m. The role of MRO in MSL landing site selection activities
Sue Smreka
Talk [Powerpoint; 3 MB]
9:00 a.m. The HiRISE Camera on MRO
John Grant
Talk [Powerpoint; 2 MB]
9:10 a.m. An Overview of CRISM on MRO
John Mustard
Talk [Powerpoint; 16 MB]
9:20 a.m. Mapping the proposed MSL landing sites
T.J. Parker
Talk [Powerpoint; 19 MB]
9:35 - 10:00 a.m. Discussion
10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Discussion and Prioritization
12:00 p.m. End of Landing Site Workshop

Additional Abstracts
  MSL Landing Site Selection Based on Organic Compound Analyses of Terrestrial Mineral Analogues
A.D. Aubrey, F. Grunthaner and J.L. Bada
Abstract [PDF; 44 KB]