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Solar System Exploration at 50!
Columnist: Dr. James Green

Solar System Exploration at 50!
15 January 2012

In August 1962 NASA launched Mariner 2 to Venus and a new era in solar system exploration began. NASA invented planetary science. It took it out of the realm of just seeing planets through telescopes, to the era of "up close and personal" with flybys, orbiters, landers, rovers, and samples returned.

The NASA History Program Office, the Division of Space History at the National Air and Space Museum, the NASA Planetary Science Division, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory invite papers relating to the history of planetary exploration to a symposium that will be held in Washington, D.C., on October 25-26, 2012. A subset of the papers will be published.

Come join us in this retrospective to celebrate 50 years of fabulous planetary science, entitled "Solar System Exploration @ 50." The deadline for abstract submissions is February 21, 2012.

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Dr. Green is the Director of Planetary Science at NASA Headquarters. He views his job as the keeper of NASA's planetary program and the top advocate for that program to flourish and grow.
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