International workshop “Europa lander: science goals and experiments

Space Research Institute (IKI), Moscow, Russia
9-13 February 2009

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    International workshop “The Europa Lander: science goals and experiments” is organized by the Space Research Institute (IKI) of Russian Academy of Sciences, on February 9-13, 2009, in Moscow, Russia. The workshop will last 5 days including the days of arrival/departure and some sightseeing events, and focus on the scientific goals and technical aspects of the project, key issues of Europa science with the special emphasis on astrobiology and requirements to scientific instruments.
    • Current knowledge of Europa environment (interior, surface and exosphere). Results from previous missions (Pioneers, Voyagers, Galileo), and Earth-based observations.
    • Astrobiology vision of Europa.
    • Synergy between Europa Lander and EJSM mission (including possible joint experiments). Orbital constraints, radio relaying options.
    • Scientific payload for Europa Lander: scientific goals, scientific requirements, mass and energy budgets, implementation of instruments, technical aspects.
    • Landing site selection priorities.
    • Europa Lander design, radiation protection issues.
  • First announcement


    Alexander Basilevsky, Michel Blanc, Karla Clark, Brad Dalton, Valery Galchenko, Oleg Kuskov, Jean-Pierre Lebreton, Georgy Managadze, Maxim Martynov, Robert Pappalardo, Olga Prieto-Ballesteros, Louise Prockter, David Senske, Michel Viso.


  • Final program
  • List of participants
  • Abstract Book (PDF 12.8 MBytes).
  • Presentations


    On the free afternoon of Friday February 13th we are organizing a tour of Kremlin and separately the excursion to S.P.Korolev Rocket and Space corporation “Energia” (full day). Please, send your preference for those tours to (with subject ‘Cultural program’). See you in Moscow.


    The workshop will take place in Space Research Institute (IKI) located near the Kaluzhskaya metro station (Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya line N6 (orange line on the metro map), on the southwest of Moscow city. The best way to get to the institute is to take a subway (see guide). The plan to access to IKI from the metro station can be found here. Please, take into account that approximately 10 min is needed to reach a conference hall at IKI from metro Kaluzhskaya.


    LOC provides a list of hotels located close to Space Research Institute (IKI). You can choose a hotel and book it using a corresponding website.
  • List of the hotels


    Please, find travel information here


    A visa to enter Russia is required for most foreign participants. LOC provides visa support for participants registered before December 5. For these participants before the end of 2008 LOC. will send out official invitations to be submitted to Russian consulates in January. Alternatively, a touristic visa to Russia can be obtained with a prepaid voucher from many hotels (see the list of Moscow hotels). Participants are encouraged to apply for the visa well in advance in order to avoid last minute problems.


  • 5 December, 2008: Registration deadline (for people with a visa application)
  • 19 December, 2008: Deadline to abstract submission
  • 5 January, 2009: Program released
  • 20 January, 2009: Final registration deadline
  • 9-13 February, 2009: Workshop in Moscow


    Lev Zelenyi (IKI, chair), Oleg Korablev (IKI), Maxim Martynov (Lavochkin Association), Alexander Zakharov (IKI), Ephraim Akim (Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics), Igor Alekseev (SINP MSU), Valerii Galchenko (Institute of Microbiology), Michel Blanc (Ecole Polytechnique), Jean-Pierre Lebreton (ESA), Robert T. Pappalardo (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), Olga Prieto Ballesteros (Centro de Astrobiologia-INTA-CSIC), Garry Popov (NIIPME MAI), Leonid Ksanfomaliti (IKI).


    L.Zelenyi (Chair), O.Korablev (Deputy Chair), A.Fedorova (secretary), O.Roste, A.Ivanov, A.Petrukovich, A.Rodin, G.Managadze, M.Gerasimov, A.Ustinov, S.Bykova.

    The workshop is co-sponsored by IKI, RAS (Russian Academy of Sciences) and RFBR (Russian Basic Research Foundation) ¹ 09-02-06009-ã.

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