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Earth and Planetary Scientists Search for Common Ground

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Science  13 Jul 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6091, pp. 145
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6091.145

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A unique 4-day meeting, which 125 researchers attended, was cosponsored by four separate NASA science divisions—Earth Science, Heliophysics, Astrophysics, and Planetary Science—a milestone for an agency infamous for bureaucratic stovepiping. The meeting's galaxy-spanning agenda included talks on topics as varied as how methane on Jupiter's moon Titan acts like water on Earth and new techniques for seeing wind currents on Mars, Venus, and Earth. A key goal was to forge closer ties between the earth and planetary science communities.