Newsletter 11-10

Issue11-10, June 28th 2011



The organizers are happy to announce that about 1700 abstracts have already been received for this joint meeting !!! This represents a big success for both sides of the Atlantic. The SOC is actively working on the schedule and the program of the meeting will be soon available at:

Please note some important deadlines :
Pre-registration : 18 August
Social events : Gala Dinner (22 August), Vineyard Visit (1 September), Mont St. Michel Trip (8 August), and Nantes Castle Visit (1 September).

Along with the other DPS Prizes (announced in e-news #11-08), the EPSC-DPS 2011 meeting will host the award ceremony for the first
Paolo Farinella Prize, devoted to the physical and dynamical characterization
of small solar system bodies. Nominations for the prize are due by 30 June.
For more details, please see

For other deadlines and milestones see:…


We would like to remind you that the 2011 election for DPS Vice-Chair and Committee members will close on July 30th 2011.

Please take a moment to vote by going to .
You will need your AAS member login ID (which defaults to your membership number), and your password.

You should vote for one of the two candidates for Vice-Chair: Rosaly Lopes and Alan Stern.
The Vice-Chair will become the DPS Chair in October 2011.

You should vote for two of the four candidates for DPS Committee:
Ralph McNutt, Patrick Michel, Ingo Mueller-Wodarg and Bob Pappalardo.
The successful candidates will serve on the committee for three years.

The detailed vitae and position statements for each of the candidates can be found on the main election page at:


DPS members are invited to make a note of the following opportunity to attend the Juno launch. The guests have to fill out a survey (which has US citizenship questions etc), see hereafter. A separate “DPS” group has been set up. It would be gréât to have as many DPS members as possible attending !

Dear Friends,

No earlier than August 5, 2011, NASA plans to launch the Juno mission from Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket. On behalf of NASA, I am pleased to invite you to participate in this historic event.

The history of our solar system is found in the formation of the planet Jupiter. Juno’s goal is to understand the origin and evolution of the giant planet and how Jupiter affects us here on Earth. Observations from Juno, which carries nine science experiments, will fill in blanks in our story of the evolution of our solar system and planetary systems around other stars, and conditions needed to form terrestrial-type planets. Juno is one of three planetary science launches this year–in addition to GRAIL to our moon on Sept 8th and Mars Science Laboratory launch on November 25th.

A survey link is listed below in this email for you to complete if you are interested in attending the Juno Launch at Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida. Guest events begin on L-2, or August 3rd, and the launch time is scheduled for August 5th at 11:39 a.m.

Please note that there are two sections to the survey, one for yourself and family members living with you, and one for additional family members and guests not living with you. Please complete the additional family member/guest survey section by household (family members or guest sharing a single mailing address). Please list only one household per section.

Important: If you are considering attending the Juno launch, please complete the survey at the link shown just below by Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Be sure to click the submit button on the bottom of the survey to complete the survey process.


If you cannot attend the Juno launch, please mark your calendars for our next launch: NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission. The twin GRAIL spacecraft, which will map the Moon’s gravity field and determine its crust-to-core structure, are scheduled to launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on September 8. Invites for that launch will be under separate email.

Launch Information:

Mission information: