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Evolution and Exploration of Solar Systems

Organized by David J. Stevenson and Maria Zuber

January 5-6, 2007
Irvine, CA

Meeting Overview:
The past decade has been a remarkable period in solar system exploration and the emerging appreciation of other solar systems. We have come to recognize the extraordinary character of "planetary systems" (satellites and Kuiper belt bodies) within our own solar system, the diverse environments affected by water and other fluids, the nature of planetary materials and processes that shape formation and evolution, and the bridging of a previously large gap between planetary science and astronomy.

This colloquium brought together the planetary and astronomical community and provide a forum for discussion and assessment of our current understanding of the nature of our solar system and a comparison with other planetary systems. This included a synthesis of what we have learned from planetary exploration so far, as well as astronomical data and comparisons with Earth. This interdisciplinary meeting showcased the latest results including discussions of the new Mars results (MRO),well digested Spitzer and Cassini results, Stardust results, other missions activity and many interesting ground-based results as well as a number of interesting theoretical and modeling developments.

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Session I: Planetary Exploration

David Stevenson, California Institute of Technology
Opening Remarks

 Cassini and the Rings of Saturn
Carolyn Porco, Space Science Institute

 Titan: Where does the methane come from and where does it go?
Jonathan Lunine, University of Arizona

 Small Icy Moons
Torrence Johnson, Jet Propulsion Lab

 Stardust and the Nature of Comets
Don Brownlee, University of Washington

Session II: Astronomical Window on Planets

Astrometry and the Search for Extrasolar Planets
Deborah Fisher, San Francisco State University

Transit Detection of Planets
David Charbonneau, Harvard University

Spitzer and Planet-Forming Disks
Michael R. Meyer, The University of Arizona

 Kuiper Belt
David Jewitt, University of Hawaii

Keynote Lecture
 Planets and Life
Andrew Knoll, Harvard University

Saturday, January 6, 2007

Session III: Water in the Solar System

Meteorites and Volatile reservoirs
Laurie Leshin, Goddard Space Flight Center

 Water and Early Mars
Steven Squyres, Cornell University

 Water and Mars Evolution
Maria Zuber, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Europa and Oceans in Icy Satellites
Robert Pappalardo, University of Colorado
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Session IV: Putting It All Together

 Terrestrial Planet Formation
John Chambers, Carnegie Institution of Washington

Geochemical Perspective on Planet Formation
Alex Halliday, University of Oxford

 Giant Planet Formation
David Stevenson, California Institute of Technology

 Making Moons
Robin Canup (Southwest Research Institute

Maria Zuber, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Closing Remarks


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