19 August 2013

Call for Observations in Support of the New Horizons Mission to Pluto

Richard Binzel MIT

The July 2015 New Horizons encounter with Pluto presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to directly link our Earth-based view of the Pluto system with 'ground truth' provided by in situ measurements. With the encouragement of Dr. James L. Green, Director of Planetary Science, NASA Headquarters, a call for observations is being made in support of the New Horizons mission. Observers throughout the international community are invited to participate. The goal of the observing campaign is to establish an extensive Earth-based measurement context for the state of the Pluto system at the time of the flyby, including evolving trends in the system for at least one year pre- and post-flyby. Further details on the campaign are available at http://www.boulder.swri.edu/nh-support-obs/

Please register your interest by sending an email to [email protected]. In addition, informal workshops (information sessions) are being planned during the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) in London 8-13 September and during the 45th annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences¬†(DPS)¬†in Denver 6-11 October. The DPS workshop will be held on Tuesday, 8 October, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. CDT in the Plaza Ballroom E at the Sheraton Denver Downtown.