Final Press Briefings Update for DPS Denver Meeting


Planetary scientists are now converging on Denver, Colorado, for next week’s 45th annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). The meeting begins on Sunday, 6 October, and lasts through Friday, 11 October, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 1550 Court Place, Denver, CO 80202. Some 600 planetary scientists, astronomers, educators, and journalists are expected. Twitter hashtag: #dps13.

Main meeting website (including information on travel & lodging):

Search or browse the meeting program:

Earlier media advisories:

Complimentary Press Registration

The AAS/DPS offers complimentary press registration to bona fide working journalists and public-information officers (PIOs); please contact DPS Press Officer Dr. Vishnu Reddy ([email protected]).

Press Office

A press office will be set up at the Sheraton in Plaza Court 7 and will be open to journalists during normal conference hours. Among other amenities, it will offer workspace and wireless Internet connectivity.

During the meeting you may reach DPS Press Officer Dr. Vishnu Reddy via cell phone at +1 808-342-8932. Assisting in the press room is AAS Press Officer Dr. Rick Fienberg ([email protected], cell +1 857-891-5649).

Press Conferences

News briefings for the media will be conducted during the lunch break (12:00 pm to 1:30 pm MDT) in Governor’s Square 11, Monday through Wednesday, 7-9 October.

Listed below are the press-conference speakers and topics. All findings are embargoed until the time of presentation at the meeting. “Time of presentation” means the start time of the oral or poster session in which the paper will be given, or the time of the corresponding press conference (if any), whichever comes first. The complete AAS/DPS embargo policy is online here:

Note: All new discoveries are subject to confirmation by independent teams of scientists. Inclusion here does not imply endorsement by the American Astronomical Society and/or the Division for Planetary Sciences. The AAS and DPS do not endorse individual scientific results.

Monday, 7 October, 12 noon to 1:30 pm MDT

* Apostolos Christou, “A Genetic Cluster of Martian Trojan Asteroids”
* Torrence Johnson, “Effects of Carbon Chemistry on Exoplanet Habitability”
* Franck Marchis, “New Insights on Main Belt Triple Asteroid (87) Sylvia”
* Benoit Noyelles, “Mercury’s Entrapment into the 3:2 Spin-Orbit Resonance”
* Feng Tian, “Atmospheres of Potentially Habitable Planets”

Tuesday, 8 October, 12 noon to 1:30 pm MDT

* Nadine Barlow, “Origin of Martian Low-Aspect-Ratio Layered Ejecta Craters”
* Maria Gritsevich, “A Comprehensive Study of the Chelyabinsk Meteorite”
* Brian Jackson, “A Survey for Very-Short-Period Planets in the Kepler Data”
* Amy Mainzer, “Recent Results and Observations of Tiny Near-Earth Objects”
* Mark Showalter, “New Hubble Results on Neptune’s Moons and Rings”

Wednesday, 9 October, 12 noon to 1:30 pm MDT

* Mona Delitsky, “Diamond in Saturn’s Deep Atmosphere”
* Harold Levison, “Forming the Small Satellites of Pluto”
* Jian-Yang Li, “Early Characterization of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON)”
* Kevin Walsh, “Will Comet ISON Survive Its Close Encounter with the Sun?”

Remote Access to Press Conferences via Webcast

Journalists unable to attend the meeting in person may tune in to our briefings streamed live on the Web. Since the webcast includes audio, video, and PowerPoint slides, you must have a broadband (high-speed) Internet connection to watch and listen. Also, your Web browser must have the free Adobe Flash plug-in (

The webcast also includes a chat window whereby remote participants may ask questions. We can’t guarantee that all questions received from webcast viewers will be asked aloud — it depends on how much time we have and how many questions we’re getting from onsite reporters.

AAS/DPS Press Conference webcasts:
* Make sure your pop-up blocker is disabled or that it allows pop-ups from

* Password: Contact DPS Press Officer Dr. Vishnu Reddy ([email protected]) or AAS Press Officer Dr. Rick Fienberg ([email protected]) for the password, which is for journalists only; the AAS/DPS pays by the “viewer hour,” so we can’t afford to open the live webcast to the public. After the meeting, archived webcasts will be freely available publicly via our online archive (
* Once the webcast window opens, press the Play (>) button.
* Press the Open Chat Window button. You’ll be asked to enter your name; please use your real first and last names, not a cutesy Internet nickname.
* You can resize the chat window and move it to any convenient position on your screen.
* To ask a question, type it into the input box near the bottom of the chat window and click the Send button.

Dr. Vishnu Reddy
DPS Press Officer
+1 808-342-8932
[email protected]