09.02.2009 - 13.02.2009 | Moscow, Russia

International Workshop “Europa lander: science goals and experiments”

The Europa lander workshop will be hosted by the Space Research Institute (IKI) of Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, Russia, from 9 to 13 February 2009. The workshop will last 5 days including the days of arrival/departure and some sightseeing events and consists of several sessions dedicated to the scientific goals and logistics of the project, key issues of Europa science with the special emphasis on astrobiology and discussions of the requirements for scientific instruments.

Main Workshop topics:

  • Scientific tasks: current knowledge of Europa environment (interior, surface and atmosphere)
  • Results from Pioneers, Voyagers, Galileo, and ground-based telescopes
  • Astrobiology vision of Europa
  • Synergy between Lander and EJSM/LAPLACE mission spacecraft (including possible joint experiments). Orbital constraints, radio relaying options.
  • Scientific payload for Europa lander: scientific goals, scientific requirements, mass and energy budgets, possible implementations, technical aspects.
  • Priorities for selection of the landing site.
  • Lander technical design including radiation protection.

First registration deadline is extended until December 5, 2008 in case of the request for visa application. Registration can be made using the online registration form on the website.
The final deadline is extended until January 20, 2009.

More information: http://www.iki.rssi.ru/conf/2009elw/

Source: Space Research Institute (IKI)

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