Annual Science Conference to Feature NASA Leadership, Research

Annual Science Conference to Feature NASA Leadership, Research

Annual Science Conference to Feature NASA Leadership, Research

NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy will discuss the agency’s Artemis program during her keynote remarks in mid-December at the upcoming American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2023 annual meeting in San Francisco. Through Artemis, NASA will establish a long-term presence at the Moon for exploration and scientific discovery to understand more about the universe and our place in it as well as to prepare for a human mission to Mars.

Researchers from across the agency also will present findings throughout the week on Earth sciences, planetary science, and heliophysics beginning on Monday, Dec. 11. Melroy will help close out the conference with her remarks on Friday, Dec. 15.

New NASA science results from Mars, ice dynamics in Antarctica, and how to determine habitable zones for exoplanets, are among other topics. Throughout the conference, in-depth roundtable chats with NASA scientists discussing air pollution monitoring, NASA’s upcoming PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem) mission, and the 2024 total eclipse in North America, also are set to take place.

Several AGU media events will feature NASA scientists.

News Briefings, Events with NASA Participation (All Times EST)

Monday, Dec. 11  

  • 4:30 p.m.: Media roundtable: The Heliophysics Big Year: Solar Eclipses, Exciting Missions, Collaborative Science, and More  
  • 6:30 p.m.: Media roundtable: Disappearing Solar Wind: New Results from NASA’s MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) Mission

Tuesday, Dec. 12  

  • 1 p.m.: Media availability: Mapping the World’s Water: New Satellite Provides Game-Changing Data 
  • 4:30 p.m.: Media briefing: 1000 Sols and Counting: Perseverance Rover’s Latest Science and Future Plans
  • 5:30 p.m.: Media availability: Monitoring the Air We Breathe from Space: How NASA’s TEMPO (Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution) Instrument Will Revolutionize Air Quality Forecasts

Wednesday, Dec. 13

  • 1 p.m.: Media availability: Earth Science at a Rapid PACE: A preview of NASA’s new ocean and atmospheres mission
  • 5:30 p.m.: Media availability: Understanding Open Science: NASA’s Role and Real-world Insights

Friday, Dec. 15

  • 4 p.m.: Melroy plenary speech discussing the Artemis program
  • 5 p.m.: Media availability with Melroy

Media can register on AGU’s website to participate in live briefings online. All briefings will be posted afterward on AGU’s YouTube channel.

For those attending the meeting, 50 hyperwall talks at the NASA Exhibit will highlight the current state of NASA Earth, planetary, and heliophysics science. In addition, 40 data demonstrations will highlight how to use NASA’s free and openly available data, NASA’s sea level rise portal, and HelioViewer’s imagery of our Sun.

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