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AGU FALL MEETING (INCL NASA EVENTS), Dec 13-17, 2021, New Orleans and virtual

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) will hold its 2021 fall meeting from December 13-17, 2021 in a hybrid mode in New Orleans, LA and virtually.

More information is on the event’s website.

NASA will hold a series of press conferences and other events during the meeting as laid out in a NASA press release and reproduced below.

Dec 6, 2021
NASA Press Events at the 2021 Fall AGU Meeting

NASA-related press events at AGU are as follows. (Access to some briefings require registration for the meeting.) All times Eastern:


In addition to its hyperwall, learning area, and exhibit area socially distanced onsite in New Orleans, NASA will also host virtual exhibit for AGU, which will feature a Science Theater, live chat opportunities, download of the NASA Science calendar, specially curated resources, and more. The exhibit will be open to the public Dec. 13-17.

Monday, Dec. 13

2 p.m. – Roundtable: Upcoming NASA Earth Science Launches and the Future of Satellite Observations

NASA and its partners will be launching four Earth observing missions in 2022. These missions come in different shapes and sizes, from a fleet of CubeSats monitoring hurricanes (TROPICS) to an instrument on the International Space Station tasked with mapping sources of mineral dust and aerosol travel in the atmosphere (EMIT). They include two Earth Observing satellites: JPSS-2 which will monitor fires, floods, stratospheric ozone, night lights, and more that contribute to weather prediction and long-term climate records; and SWOT, or Surface Water Ocean Topography, which will complement the current generation of hydrology and ocean monitoring satellites by providing measurements of the height of oceans, rivers, and lakes. At this roundtable, the principle investigators will give a brief overview of each mission, and insights into the science questions and societal needs they are trying to help solve.

  • William J. Blackwell, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Robert O. Green, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Lee-Lueng Fu, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Satya Kalluri, NOAA

Tuesday, Dec. 14

Noon – Press Conference: Major Discoveries as NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Closes in on the Sun

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launched in 2018 to study the Sun’s biggest mysteries. Now, the spacecraft is gathering new close-up observations, allowing us to see the Sun like never before. In this press conference, mission scientists will share a big announcement based on Parker Solar Probe’s latest observations of our star. The findings are helping researchers answer fundamental questions about the Sun.

  • Stuart Bale, University of California, Berkeley
  • Nour Raouafi, The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Justin Kasper, University of Michigan, BWX Technologies, Inc.
  • Kelly Korreck, NASA Headquarters, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Wednesday, Dec. 15

Noon – Press Conference: Ten Months of Perseverance: Jezero Science

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover has spent the 10 months since its landing exploring two very different geologic units on the Jezero crater floor. After exploring and taking its first two samples from the Crater Floor geologic unit, Perseverance entered Séítah geologic unit in October. The rover has spent the last several months analyzing multiple outcrops of Séítah, allowing the science team to begin to understand the relationship between these unique geologic units and their place in the geologic history of Jezero. This session will discuss the scientific discoveries Perseverance’s on-board investigations have made to date, and what explorations are still to come – in Séítah, and down the road at the crater’s intriguing ancient river delta.

  • Ken Farley, Caltech
  • Sanjeev Gupta, Imperial College, London
  • Briony Horgan, Purdue University
  • Eva Scheller, Caltech
  • Kelsey Moore, Caltech

Friday, Dec. 17

Noon – Press Conference: Latest Science from the Biggest Story in Solar System – NASA’s Juno Mission to Jupiter

NASA’s Juno mission recently completed its 38th close-up pass of Jupiter. This press conference will include the latest results on the gas giant’s Great Blue Spot, magnetosphere, rings, sounds of Ganymede’s magnetosphere, and how Earth’s oceans can help explain Jupiter’s polar cyclones. The latest imagery contributions of the mission’s citizen scientists will also be highlighted.

  • Scott Bolton, Southwest Research Institute
  • Lia Siegelman, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Jack Connerney, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center


December 13, 2021 @ 7:30 am
December 17, 2021 @ 11:00 pm