2017 NAPSA Workshop: Volatiles Across the Solar System

Volatiles are ubiquitous across the Solar System. Most, if not all, planetary processes are affected by the presence of volatiles. As such, the Northern Arizona Planetary Science Alliance is hosting a half-day workshop focusing on “Volatiles across the Solar System.” The date of this workshop is Wednesday, February 15, 2017, and will be held in building 3 of the USGS Flagstaff Science Campus.

Several questions of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • What are the origins of volatiles – where did they come from?
  • What is the inventory of volatiles – how much do we have?
  • How do the volatiles interact with planetary processes – how volatiles interact and behave in planetary settings in the past and today?
  • What are the consequences – how has the presence of volatiles shaped the bodies they exist on, in terms of enabling distinct geology, biology, heat transport, etc.?
  • Comparative planetology – are there common process across multiple planetary bodies – e.g. there is a complete hydrological cycle on Titan except that the volatile is not water but is ethane/methane?
  • Can these volatiles be “harvested” for In-situ Resource Utilization?

The workshop objectives are to become familiar with cross-institutional research, increase collaborations, and conceive new or novel approaches to solving planetary problems.

Remember, not only does the Earth provide an analog for many other planetary bodies – it is also a PLANET!

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