Special Sessions

COSPAR Interdisciplinary Lectures

Discovering Earth’s Radiation Belts – Six Decades of Astonishing Achievement

Monday, July 16, 08:30 – 09:15, Civic Auditorium

Daniel Baker, LASP, Boulder, CO, USA

Daniel N. Baker is Director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, U. of Colorado. Distinguished Professor of Planetary and Space Physics and the Moog-Broad Reach Chair of Space Sciences. Group Leader for Space Plasma Physics at Los Alamos National Laboratory (1980-87) and Division Chief at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (1987-1994). Edited eight books and published over 800 journal papers. Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the AIAA, and the AAAS. Member of the International Academy of Astronautics and of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. Winner of the AIAA James A. Van Allen Space Environments Medal (2010) and Vikram A. Sarabhai Professorship (2015) of the Indian Physical Research Laboratory. Shen Kuo Medal of the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA, 2015) for his interdisciplinary leadership. Lead investigator on several NASA space missions and chaired the National Academies’ 2013-2022 Decadal Survey in Solar and Space Physics.

Mikhail Panasyuk, Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics, Moscow State Univ., Russia

Prof. Mikhail Panasyuk has obtained the most important scientific results in the field of cosmic rays and space radiation studies. His Candidate and Doctor of science dissertations were devoted to ion’s radiation belts and ring current in the magnetosphere respectively. During his scientific career he was involved in a series of experiments onboard Soviet satellites “Molniya-1”, “Molniya-2” and “Gorizont” aimed on the studies of the Earth’s radiation belts and ion ring current. Currently M. Panasyuk coordinates a large space projects on the studies of cosmic rays of high and ultra-high energy “Lomonosov”(launched in 2016)  and  K-EUSO (project for future) onboard the International Space Station focused on the studies of the origin of cosmic rays particles, along with a number of the experiments onboard “Meteor”,“Electro”, and ISS on the radiation studies. In 2014 a space project “Vernov” was started under his supervision, intended on the studies of the interrelation of the physical processes in the near-Earth space and in the upper layers of the Earth’s atmosphere. He has received Lomonosov Award of MSU for ion ring current studies.

Large-scale Quantum Communication Network with Satellites

Monday, July 16, 19:45 – 20:30, Civic Auditorium

Jian-Wei Pan, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China

Jian-Wei Pan obtained his Bachelor and Master degrees of Theoretical Physics from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 1992 and 1995. In 1996, he went abroad for studying in Austria, and obtained his Ph.D. degree of Experimental Physics from the University of Vienna in 1999. In 2001, he was appointed as the full professor of physics by USTC. In 2011, he was elected as the academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). In 2012, he was elected as the World Academy of Science (TWAS) Fellow. The research of Jian-Wei Pan focuses on quantum optics, quantum information and quantum foundations. As one of pioneers in experimental quantum information science, he has accomplished a series of profound achievements. Due to his numerous progresses on quantum communication and multi-photon entanglement manipulation, quantum information science has become one of the most rapidly developing fields of physical science in China in recent years.

Gaia: the Galaxy in 3-Dimensions

Tuesday, July 17, 08:30 – 09:15, Civic Auditorium

Elena Pancino, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Florence, Italy

Elena Pancino has been involved in the ESA Gaia mission since 2006, she leads the ground-based support observations for the flux calibration of Gaia photometry and spectroscopy, in the framework of the Gaia DPAC (Data Processing and Analysis Consortium). She is a Senior Scientist at the ASI Space Science Data Center, one of the Gaia Partner Data Centres. She presently works at the Arcetri Observatory in Florence, at the INAF (Italian National Astrophysics Institute), in the Stars and Star Formation group and is responsible for the calibrations of the Gaia-ESO spectroscopic survey. Her main scientific interest lies in resolved stellar populations in the Milky Way and the local group of galaxies, especially on their chemistry and kinematics as a tool to reconstruct their formation and evolution, a discipline that is often called “Galactic Archaeology”. Her main focus is on the study of stellar clusters and other small stellar aggregates like open and globular clusters or dwarf galaxies, and their tidal streams and tails in the Galactic halo. She studied astronomy at the Padova and Bologna Universities in Italy for her Master and PhD courses, respectively, and she carried out part of her PhD research at the European Southern Observatory in Germany. She was then at the Bologna Observatory before moving to Arcetri.

Economic Value of a More Advanced Climate Observing System

Wednesday, July 18, 08:30 – 09:15, Civic Auditorium

Bruce Wielicki, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, USA

Dr. Bruce Wielicki has been a climate researcher for over 40 years.  He has a PhD in physical oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  He has published over 110 journal papers, with over 6,000 journal citations, including recent publications with economists on the economic value to society of advances in climate science.

Dr. Wielicki has served as Project Scientist on NASA field experiments; Co-Investigator on four NASA space missions studying clouds, aerosols and radiation; Principal Investigator of NASA’s CERES instruments (Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System); and currently serves as the Science Team Lead for NASA’s CLARREO (Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity) mission.  He has received NASA medals for Scientific Achievement, Leadership, Exceptional Achievement, and Distinguished Service.  He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, and has received their Houghton Award.

Astrobiology from Earth to Mars and Beyond!

Thursday, July 19, 08:30 – 09:15, Civic Auditorium

Penelope Boston, NASA Astrobiology Institute, Moffett Field, CA, USA

Dr. Penelope Boston is Director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) at NASA Ames Research Center in California, USA.  The Institute funds and manages 10 large teams of investigators distributed broadly across the US at many institutions. Personal research areas include geomicrobiology and astrobiology in extreme environments (especially caves and mines, hot and cold deserts, high latitudes and altitudes); geological processes creating caves on other planets and moons; human life support issues in space and planetary environments; and use of robotics and other technologies to assist exploration and science in extreme Earth and extraterrestrial environments.

Boston is author of over 160 technical and popular publications and editor of 4 volumes. Her work has been featured in ~200 print and broadcast media outlets, as a child of a theatrical family, she first went on the stage at the age of 3 and apparently hasn’t come off since…. She has served on the NRC Space Studies Board, the NASA Advisory Council Planetary Protection Subcommittee, and the External Council of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts. Boston is recipient of the 2010 Lifetime Achievement in Science Award from the National Speleological Society, a Fellow of the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (since 2000), and a recent Distinguished Visiting Lecturer for Phi Beta Kappa (2013-2014). As a graduate student in the 1980’s, she co-founded the Case for Mars series of conferences and activities devoted to the human exploration of Mars.

Dr. Boston holds a PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder in Microbiology and Atmospheric Chemistry, earned on an Advanced Studies Program Fellowship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.  She was a National Research Council Post-doctoral Fellow at NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia.  From 2002-2016, she was Director of the Cave & Karst Studies Program and Chair of the Earth & Environmental Sciences Dept. at New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology, in Socorro, New Mexico and the Associate Director of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Ocean Worlds of the Outer Solar System

Friday, July 20, 08:30 – 09:15, Civic Auditorium

Alexander Hayes, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Alexander Hayes is an Assistant Professor of Astronomy at Cornell University and Director of the Spacecraft Planetary Image Facility. Prof. Hayes and his group specialize in the geological and physical processes that shape planetary surface and atmospheres, including the identification and characterization of potentially habitable environments across the solar system. Alex’s flight project experience includes Cassini, MER, MSL, Mars2020, and Europa Clipper. He has also worked on instrument design and characterization for several Missile Defense Agency Programs. Dr. Hayes is the recipient of the Zeldovich Medal from COSPAR and the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Ronald Greely Early Career Award from AGU, the Sigma Xi Young Scholar Procter Prize, and a NASA Early Career Fellowship. Dr. Hayes recently served as a member of the Science Definition Teams for the Europa Lander and Ice Giants mission concept studies. He earned a M.Eng in Applied Physics from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Planetary Science from the California Institute of Technology.

Latest Results

Sunday, 15 July, 14:00 – 15:30, Civic Auditorium

Jean-Louis Fellous, MSO, COSPAR, Paris, France

The Latest Results session is intended to highlight some recent, outstanding results, through a series of four 20 ‘ selected presentations by world-class scientists, able to convey to a large audience the content and importance of these results covering various space research domains. The paper selection is made by the COSPAR Executive Director, the COSPAR President and the Chair of the Assembly Scientific Program committee. The session will immediately precede the roundtable discussion of space agency leaders, followed by the opening ceremony. There being no conflict with any other event, the Latest Results session will be attended by all Assembly participants and by the media.

Jin Chang: “DAMPE and its latest results”
Alexandra Corsi: “Gravitational Waves and associated emissions”
Takeshi Horinouchi et al.: “Akatsuki reveals Venus atmosphere dynamics”
Steve Nerem et al.: “A 25-year record of Global Mean Sea Level Change: What we have learned?”

See https://www.cospar-assembly.org/admin/session_cospar.php?session=818 for abstracts.

Space Agency Roundtable

Sunday, July 15, 15:45 – 17:15, Civic Auditorium

Addressing from the perspective of international collaboration the topics of:

climate change and required space observations
observations required for the forecasting of space weather
planetary exploration
opportunities for the use of small satellites for space research

Participants (confirmed to date):

Lennard Fisk, COSPAR President, Moderator
Pascale Ehrenfreund, DLR, Germany
Günther Hasinger, ESA
Hitoshi Kuninaka, ISAS/JAXA, Japan
Jean Yves Le Gall, CNES, France
Piergiorgio Picozza, ASI, Italy
B.N. Suresh, ISRO, India
Ji Wu, NSSC, China
Lev Zelenyi, IKI, Russia
Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA, USA

Assembly participants attending the gathering of space agency leaders, 15:45 – 17:15, Sunday, July 15 , Civic Auditorium, will be offered the possibility to ask questions to the roundtable participants. Roundtable panelists will discuss international cooperation in the fields of: (1) Planetary exploration, and (2) Constellations of small satellites for Earth observation, climate monitoring and space weather surveillance. Questions should be sent “live” (in real-time) through Twitter @COSPARHQ, with #PlanetaryExploration or #Constellations depending on the topic addressed.

Panel on International Coordination of Space Exploration Activities

Tuesday, July 17, 12:15-13:15, Ballroom E (SR17), Pasadena Convention Center

Moderators: Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair, DLR, Köln, Germany & Chris McKay, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, USA

Harriet Brettle (Space Generation Advisory Council)
Simonetta Di Pippo (UNOOSA)
Bernard Foing (ESA)
Jim Green (NASA)
Jeffrey Johnson (MEPAG)
Michael Moloney (SSB)
Chiaki Mukai (JAXA)
Julie Robinson (NASA)

Public Lecture

Mapping the Nearest Stars for Habitable Worlds

Wednesday, July 18, 20:00 – 21:30, Civic Auditorium

Sara Seager, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

For more information, please visit: COSPAR 2018 Public Lecture

COSPAR 60th Anniversary Roundtable

Friday, July 20, 09:30 – 11:00, Gold Room  (SR 23), Pasadena Convention Center

Open to all participants

A roundtable discussion, involving two past COSPAR Presidents, Professors Gerhard Haerendel and Roger-Maurice Bonnet, the current COSPAR President Professor Lennard A. Fisk, and moderated by Dr. Athena Coustenis. The discussion will address the continuing evolution and perspectives of COSPAR in its role serving the international space research community.

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