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Hanging out with Planetary Scientists


So I will be attending my very first Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) next week 3/20-3/25/2016. It is an annual gathering of folks who study all sorts of awesome things off of Earth. This includes our nearest neighbors like our moon and Mars, but also celestial object further afield, like that rubber ducky shaped comet 67P, and things beyond Pluto in the Kupier belt. I am very excited for this conference because I’ve been hearing about it for years from friends and colleagues, and my attendance means I’ve got enough data that I might be able to say something about another planet. That just blows my mind. I am also excited about being a microblogger for the conference. This means that my twitter feed will be full of tidbits from presentations and events during the conference. That could include discoveries new to me, like how to pronounce some of the crater names on Ceres (a dwarf planet that hangs out between Mars and Jupiter and uses names of harvest goddesses fo…