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Planetary Science at Caltech became an option within the Geology Division in 1963* so it is time for a 50 year celebration! Please join us September 15-17, 2013 for science, reminiscence and fun.
The celebration begins on Sunday evening September 15 in Andy Ingersoll’s backyard for drinks and food (courtesy of Charles Elachi) and meeting up with old friends. We will convene in the Sharp lecture hall (155 Arms) on Monday morning. The program will be roughly chronological with presentations that begin with our first decade and involve several of our very distinguished alumni. Late Monday afternoon will be a poster session where you can see what our current students are doing. Monday evening will be a banquet at the Athenaeum. Tuesday morning will be devoted to presentations from our faculty with emphasis on newest faculty, demonstrating our commitment to the future of the field.
* The Division did not change its name until about 1970. In addition to the planetary science option that began in 1963, there were other activities both before and after that have been part of planetary science broadly defined, especially infrared astronomy (Bob Leighton, Bruce Murray, Gerry Neugebauer and Jim Westphal, beginning before 1963) and the geochemical activities centered around lunar samples and meteorites and continuing up to the present with Ken Farley (Mars 2020), Don Burnett (the Genesis mission) and many others. In addition, there are currently several geology faculty who are involved in planetary science, especially Mars exploration.