SH030:
The Interstellar Probe Mission: Drivers, Definition and Implementations for Embarking on Interstellar Voyages Before 2050





Session ID#: 22875

Session Description:
As the Voyagers are crossing in to the Interstellar Medium and the Kepler Mission has unveiled an abundance of Earth-like planets around other Suns, inevitably, we are faced with the question of how, why and when humanity will venture out through the vast space between our star and other potentially habitable planetary systems. This session welcomes presentations on the scientific, technological and sociological drivers and implementations for embarking on interstellar exploration before 2050. It seeks contributions from all disciplines on groundbreaking scientific targets including the local interstellar medium, the undiscovered worlds of the Kuiper Belt, the structure of the circum-solar dust disk, astrophysical/exoplanetary observations enabled by the solar gravity lens, the Oort Cloud and beyond. Presentations on enabling technologies in power, communication, lifetime, propulsion and instrumentation should form a significant part of the session. Presentations on programmatic challenges and possible implementations are also desired.
Primary Convener:  Pontus C. Brandt, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD, United States
Conveners:  Nitin Arora, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States, Gregg Hallinan, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, United States and R F Wimmer-Schweingruber, University of Kiel, Kiel, Germany
Co-Organized with:
SPA-Solar and Heliospheric Physics, and Planetary Sciences
Index Terms:

6213 Dust [PLANETARY SCIENCES: SOLAR SYSTEM OBJECTS]
6224 Kuiper belt objects [PLANETARY SCIENCES: SOLAR SYSTEM OBJECTS]
7599 General or miscellaneous [SOLAR PHYSICS, ASTROPHYSICS, AND ASTRONOMY]
7899 General or miscellaneous [SPACE PLASMA PHYSICS]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Seth Redfield, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, United States and Julian Dann, Blacksburg, VA, United States
Anthony Freeman and Leon Alkalai, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States
Philip Lubin, University of California Santa Barbara, Physics, Santa Barbara, CA, United States
Ralph L McNutt Jr, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD, United States
Robert Demajistre1, Pontus C. Brandt2, Mike Gruntman3, Ralph L McNutt Jr4, Merav Opher5, Edmond C Roelof4 and Brian E. Wood6, (1)Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD, United States, (2)APL, Laurel, MD, United States, (3)Univ of So California, Los Angeles, CA, United States, (4)Applied Physics Laboratory Johns Hopkins, Laurel, MD, United States, (5)Boston University, Astronomy, Boston, MA, United States, (6)Naval Research Lab, Washington, DC, United States
Stamatios M Krimigis, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Space, Laurel, MD, United States
John F Cooper, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 672, Greenbelt, MD, United States and Steven J. Sturner, University of Maryland Baltimore County, CRESST/NASA GSFC Code 661, Greenbelt, MD, United States
Kelvin Long, Organization Not Listed, Washington, DC, United States
Carey Michael Lisse, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD, United States, Ralph L McNutt Jr, Applied Physics Laboratory Johns Hopkins, Laurel, MD, United States and Pontus C. Brandt, APL, Laurel, MD, United States
Marc G Millis, North Olmsted, OH, United States