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Wednesday Jan. 16th:

1st session

  • Chairs: Antonella Barucci and Luisa Lara
  • 9h Registration +General Welcome
  • 9h 30' Antonella Barucci (OP-LESIA) “Marco Polo-R: tracing the origins”
  • 10h David Agnolon (ESA) “MarcoPolo-R: the mission design”
  • 10h 30' Patrick Michel (UNS-CAO) “Observed properties of MP-R targets and implications for surface state and sampling strategy”
  • 11h Coffee break
  • 11h 30' Luigi Colangeli (ESA) “ESA science program: present missions and future opportunities for Astrobiology”
  • 12h John Brucato (INAF - OAA) “Marco Polo-R and astrobiology”
  • 12h 30' Ian Franchi (OU) “High precision laboratory measurements of primitive Solar System materials”
  • 13h Michael Busch (NRAO) “Radar Observations and the Shape and Spin of Near-Earth Asteroid and Marco Polo-R Mission target 2008 EV5”
  • 13h 15' Lance Benner (JPL) et al. (given by M. Busch) “Arecibo and Goldstone Radar Observations of Binary NEA and Marco Polo-R Mission backup Target (175706) 1996 FG3”
  • 13h 30' Lunch break

2nd session

  • Chairs: Zita Martins and Ian Franchi
  • 15h Raffaele Saladino (UST) “Prebiotic chemistry in carbonaceous chondrites”
  • 15h 30' Zita Martins (ICL) “Organic matter in carbonaceous chondrites”
  • 16h Laurent Remusat (CNRS-MNHN) “In situ study of organic matter in carbonaceous chondrites”
  • 16h 15' Josep M Ribó (UB) and Jordi Llorca (UPC) “Chirality a signature of prebiotic chemical evolution”
  • 16h30 Bernard Marty (CRPG-CNRS) “Report on the Paris Cosmochemistry Workshop: what questions should be answered by Marco Polo-R”
  • 17h Coffee break

2nd session continuation

  • 17h 30' Francesca DeMeo (MIT) “Review of the properties of sample return mission targets”
  • 18h Andrew Rivkin (JHU/APL) “The LMNOP 3-µm Asteroid Survey: Current Status”
  • 18h 15' Javier Licandro (IAC) “Physical properties of B-types asteroids from WISE data”
  • 18h 30' Julia de León (ULL) “Understanding the compositional nature of binary asteroid 1996 FG3, backup target of the ESA MarcoPolo-R mission”

General poster session

  • 19h 15'-21h Poster session plus appetizers.
  • Poster presentations (listed by alphabetical order).

    1. Mirel Birlan et al. (IMCCE-CNRS) “New spectral observations of five low-deltaV NEAs”
    2. Alejandro Cardesín Moinelo and Marc Costa Sitjà (ESA/INSA) “SOLab: a science opportunity analysis tool for Marco Polo-R”
    3. Francesca Ferri (CISAS-UP), M. Fulchignoni (OP-LESIA), M.Leese (OU) et al. “VESPA: a Very Essential Surface Package for Asteroid for the MarcoPolo-R mission”
    4. Olivier Groussin, E. Brageot, J.-L. Reynaud et al. (UAM-CNRS) “THERMAP: a mid-infrared spectro-imager for the Marco Polo-R mission”
    5. Yeghis Keheyan (ISMN-CNR) “The problem of extraterrestrial delivery of organic molecules”
    6. Cateline Lantz (OP-LESIA), and Beth E. Clark (OP-LESIA/IC) “Space weathering effects on Cgh/Ch-types asteroids”
    7. José M. Madiedo (UHU-USEV), Joan Dergham and Josep M. Trigo-Rodríguez (CSIC-IEEC) “Entry models and ending masses of meteoroids from cometary streams: are they collected as carbonaceous chondrites in Antarctic collections?”
    8. S. Eggl, D. Perna, M.A. Barucci, et al. (IMCCE) “Marco Polo-R and the NEOShield project, the mission’s implications for asteroid mitigation”
    9. María C. Pineda de Carías (UNAH) “Comayagua: Honduras first fall meteorite”
    10. Giovanni Pratesi and S. Caporali (USF) “Comparison of spectroscopic techniques for in situ determination of biomolecules on carbonaceous material”
    11. Tetsuo Yoshimitsu (ISAS-JAXA) “Proposal of micro rovers to Marco Polo-R mission and its possibility for in-situ analysis of organic matter”
    12. Josep M. Trigo-Rodríguez, and Carles E. Moyano-Cambero (CSIC-IEEC) “Aqueous alteration phases in CI, CM and CR chondrites: implications for MarcoPolo-R sample return mission”

    Abstract’s recommended size not larger than 90☺120 cm. This abstract list is not yet definitive, as the deadline for poster submission has been extended until Jan. 10th at noon GMT).

    Thursday Jan. 17th

    3rd session

    • Chairs: Simon Green and Javier Licandro
    • 9h Fabrizio Bernardi (Space-DyS) “The importance of the Yarkovsky effect and other non-gravitational effects for the Impact Monitoring”
    • 9h 30' Adriano Campo Bagatin (UA) “2008 EV5 and 1996 FG3, comparing two fast rotating NEAs”
    • 9h 45' Marco Delbo (UNS-CNRS-OCA) “Temperatures of Marco Polo-R’s asteroid targets”
    • 10h Josep M. Trigo-Rodríguez (CSIC-IEEC) “Carbonaceous chondrites as laboratory proxies of primitive NEOs: clues on brecciation and extent of aqueous alteration”
    • 10h 15' Jorn Helbert (DLR) (given by Alessandro Maturilli) “Emissivity measurement of asteroid analog materials at PEL”
    • 10h 30' Alessandro Maturilli (DLR) “Emissivity and reflectance measurements for a suite of asteroid analogues in the 1 to 100 µm spectral range”
    • 10h 45' Carles E. Moyano-Cambero (CSIC-IEEC) “Mean grain size effects in IR spectra of carbonaceous chondrites”
    • 11h Coffee break

    4th session

    • Chairs: Andy Cheng and Detlef Koschny
    • 11h 30' Bill Boynton (Univ. Arizona) “Overview of the OSIRIS-REx Sample-Return Mission to Asteroid RQ36”
    • 11h 45' Lisa Peacocke (ASL) “MarcoPolo-R an industrial perspective”
    • 12h Derek Richardson (UM) “Numerical Simulations of Surface Processes on Asteroids”
    • 12h 15' Andrew Cheng (JHU/APL) “MarcoPolo-R Sampling Mechanism Study”
    • 12h 45' Cristina Ortega Juaristi (AVS) “Breadboard of a sampling tool mechanism for low gravity bodies under ESA contract”
    • 13h General discussion

    Lunch break

    4th session continuation

    • Chairs: Andy Cheng and Detlef Koschny
    • 15h Pascal Rosenblatt (ROB) “Radio Science Experiment on MarcoPolo-R (RAMPE): Probing the bulk internal structure of a primitive asteroid”
    • 15h 15' Jürgen Blum and Bastian Gundlach (IGEP) “Thermal conductivity of asteroidal surface regolith”
    • 15h 30' Tulej Marek et al. (given by Peter Wurz) (UBe) “Morphology and chemical composition of asteroid’s regolith by CAMAM instrument suit combining a microscope and laser mass analyser”
    • 15h 45' Stephan Ulamec (DLR) “Surface Science activities in the frame of MP-R”
    • 16h Alain Herique (IPAG) “The FANTINA instrument”
    • 16h 15' Jean-Luc Josset (SEI) “High Performance Close-Up Camera (CUC) for the MarcoPolo-R Mission”
    • 16h 30' Coffee break

    5th session continuation

    • Chair: Patrick Michel
    • 17h Working group 5-10 min. reports:
      Campo-Bagatin, Birlan, Brenker, Cottin, Delbó, Fornasier, Hestroffer, Licandro, Remusat, Fulchignoni, Trigo-Rodríguez, etc...
    • 18h 30' Final discussion

    Acronyms for Research Centres and Organisations:

    1. ASL: Astrium Satellites Ltd, Suresnes Cedex, France.
    2. CRPG: Centre of Petrographic and Geochemical Research, Nancy, France.
    3. CNRS: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France.
    4. CSIC: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain.
    5. DLR: German Aerospace Center, Germany.
    6. ESA: European Space Agency.
    7. ICL: Imperial College London, London, UK.
    8. IEEC: Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
    9. IGEP: Institut für Geophysik und Extraterrestrische Physik, TU Braunschweig, Germany.
    10. IMCCE: Institut de Mécanique Céleste et de Calcul des Ephémérides, Paris, France.
    11. IPAG: Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble, France.
    12. ISAS-JAXA: Institute of Space and Astronautical Science and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Japan.
    13. LESIA-PO: LESIA-Paris Observatoire, París, France.
    14. MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
    15. MNHN: Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France.
    16. MYRADA: Indian Agency, India.
    17. NRAO: National Radio Astronomy Observatory.
    18. JHU/APL: John Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory.
    19. OCA: Observatoire de la Cote d’Azur, France.
    20. OP-LESIA: L’Observatoire de Paris-Laboratoire d’Études Spatiales et d’Instrumentation en Astrophysique, France.
    21. OU: The Open University, UK.
    22. ROB: Royal Observatory of Belgium.
    23. SEI: Space Exploration Institute, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
    24. Space-DyS: Space Dynamics Services s.r.l., Navacchio di Cascina, Pisa, Italy.
    25. UA: Universidad de Alicante, Alicante, Spain.
    26. UB: Dept. Organic Chemistry, Institute of Cosmos Science (IEEC-UB), Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
    27. UBe: University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland.
    28. ULL: Dept. Edaphology and Geology, University of La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain.
    29. UCF: University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA.
    30. UPC: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
    31. UNS: University of Nice Sophia, Nice, France.
    32. USF: Dipartimento si Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy.
    33. UST: Universita degli Studi della Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy.

    Science Organizing Committee (SOC)

    1. Maria Antonietta Barucci, LESIA-Paris Observatoire, París, France.
    2. Hermann Boehnhardt, Max-Planck Institut für Sonnensystemforschung (MPS), Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany.
    3. John R. Brucato, INAF-Obs. de Arcetri, Florencia, Italy.
    4. Elisabetta Dotto, INAF-Obs. de Roma, Roma, Italy.
    5. Pascale Ehrenfreund, Univ. Leiden, Netherlands.
    6. Ian Franchi, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.
    7. Simon Green, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.
    8. Detlef Koschny, ESA/ESTEC, Netherlands.
    9. Luisa-M. Lara, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC), Granada, Spain.
    10. Bernard Marty, Centre of Petrographic and Geochemical Research (CRPG), Nancy, France.
    11. Patrick Michel, Université de Nice, CNRS, Cote d'Azur Observatoire, Nice, France.
    12. Josep M. Trigo-Rodríguez, Institute of Space Sciences (CSIC-IEEC), Barcelona, Spain.

    Local Organizing Committee (LOC)

    1. Chair: Josep M. Trigo-Rodríguez, Institute of Space Sciences (CSIC-IEEC), Barcelona, Spain.
    2. Jacinto Alonso-Azcárate, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), Toledo, Spain.
    3. Adriano Campo Bagatin, Universidad de Alicante, Alicante, Spain.
    4. Javier Licandro, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC-CSIC), Tenerife, Spain.
    5. Jordi Llorca, UPC, Barcelona, Spain.
    6. José M. Madiedo, Universidad de Huelva y Universidad de Sevilla, Spain.
    7. F. Javier Martín-Torres, Centro de Astrobiología (INTA-CSIC), Madrid, Spain.
    8. Carles E. Moyano-Cambero, Institute of Space Sciences (CSIC-IEEC), Barcelona, Spain.
    9. Secretaries: Anna Bertolin and Pilar Montes, Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC), Barcelona.

    Registration fee

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