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    Tom Prince
    Chair, Scientific Organizing Committee, Caltech Professor of Astrophysics
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    Gregg Vane
    Chair, Local Organizing Committee, JPL, Senior Strategist for Solar System Exploration
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    Rosaly Lopes
    Deputy Chair, Scientific Organizing Committee, JPL, Manager of the Planetary Science Section
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    David Imel
    Caltech Co-Chair, Local Organizing Committee, Caltech Manager of the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center

2018 Organizing Committee

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The California Institute of Technology (Caltech), home of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), is delighted to invite you to attend and participate in the 42nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly which we are honored to host on behalf of COSPAR and the US National Academy of Sciences in beautiful Pasadena, California, on 14-22 July, 2018.

The scope of COSPAR comprises space studies of the Earth’s surface, meteorology and climate; space studies of the Earth-Moon system and other bodies of the solar system, including the search for evidence of life in the solar system; study of planetary atmospheres including those of the ever-expanding inventory of exoplanets; space plasmas in the solar system; research in astrophysics from space; life sciences as related to space; materials sciences in space; and fundamental physics in space.

Each biennial COSPAR Scientific Assembly is notable for the major new discoveries that are announced and discussed from across the large scientific landscape that is encompassed by COSPAR. With the recent and upcoming launches of so many exciting space missions, COSPAR 2018 will very likely set a new benchmark for ground-breaking results.

The celebration of the 60th anniversary of the creation of COSPAR, and of the launch of the US Explorer 1 Earth orbiting satellite, will add further luster to COSPAR 2018 as space science launches into its seventh decade. Pasadena’s location at the edge of the Pacific Rim, and within an hour by surface from several international airports, will assure large attendance not only from North America and Europe, but also from the Asian and other spacefaring nations.

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     Len Fisk
    COSPAR 2018

     President of COSPAR

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    Tom Prince, Chair
    COSPAR 2018

    Scientific Program Committee California Institute of Technology

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    Gregg Vane, Chair
    COSPAR 2018

    Local Organizing Committee Jet Propulsion Laboratory


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