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Comet Dust Conference
Comet Dust Conference
26 Aug 2002
(Source: Washington University in St. Louis) First Announcement - Cometary Dust In Astrophysics

The collection of dust from comet Wild 2 by the Stardust spacecraft promises to connect a range of scientific disciplines concerned with the origin and evolution of stars, the Solar System and interstellar matter. The international conference Cometary Dust in Astrophysics will bring together researchers from these fields in an international meeting in August of 2003, four months prior to cometary encounter. The purpose of the meeting will be the integration of astrophysical observations of comets and cosmic dust with laboratory analyses of interplanetary dust, stardust and meteorites. Special emphasis will be given to discussing the expected scienfific impact of returned comet samples. The meeting will include a mixture of invited and contributed talks.

Potential Topics Inlude

The nature, origin, and evolution of organic matter in the ISM and comets The origin of crystalline silicates in comets The lifecycle of interstellar dust Interstellar dust and organic compounds in interplanetary dust, meteorites, and comets

Location and Date: Crystal Mountain, Washington State, USA August 10-14, 2003

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Scientific Organizing Committee:

Donald Brownlee
John Bradley
Lindsay Keller
Martha Hanner
Scott Messenger
Scott Sanford
Rens Waters
Robert Walker

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Last Updated: 26 Aug 2002