ESA/ESAC Madrid, Spain
23-26 JANUARY 2017
After Cassini exploring the icy moons of the Saturnian's system, Rosetta analysing the time evolution of ices on a cometary nuclei, New Horizons visiting Pluto and on its way to another Kuiper Belt object, the discovery of ices on many objects within the snow-line, and JUICE in the making, it appears important and timely to gather the communities involved to review our knowledge and identify outstanding questions on the chemistry and physical properties of ices in the Solar System. 
This will also be an opportunity to review the latest advances in experimental research to support the interpretation of remote sensing observations on current and future missions observing the surfaces of icy bodies. The weathering of ices across the Solar System, and in particular under plasma and dust bombardment in the magnetospheres of Gas Giants like Jupiter and Saturn, will be an important theme of the workshop. Finally, the Rosetta mission has been continuing the examination of the distribution and role played by amorphous or crystalline ices (or both) in small bodies.The ability of different types of ices to trap chemical tracers (like noble gases, methane, or molecular oxygen) is indeed fundamental to constraining evolutionary models of the Solar System.
This workshop will revolve around the following main themes
  • Volatiles in ices
  • Surface-Ice chemistry
  • Geology of icy bodies
  • Laboratory analogs
  • Ices within the current snowline - from Mercury to the asteroids main belt
Confirmed Invited speakers
  • Michel Blanc - Future Missions
  • Francois Forget - Mars Polar Caps
  • Murthy Gudipati - Evolution of Organics in Cometary Ices
  • Antoine Pommerol - Experimental and modelling work
  • Hanna Sizemore - Ice on Ceres
  • Christophe Sotin - Beneath the ices: the Ocean Worlds CANCELLED

Program of the Ices in the Solar System conference

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