NOAO >  Meetings >  Belton Symposium >  Home

Belton Symposium: Journey Through the solar System

Belton Symposium: Journey Through the Solar System

A Symposium in Honor of Dr. Michael J. S. Belton

Dr. Michael J. S. Belton

Where: Westward Look Resort in Tucson, Arizona.

When: November 10 and 11, 2006 (Friday and Saturday).

Late registration deadline: Oct 31, 2006

Banquet reservation deadline: Oct 31, 2006

Abstract submission deadline for Late-Posters: Oct. 20, 2006.

Urgent Hotel Reservation Information (updated Sep 14, 2006)

Unfortunately, the Westward Look Resort is completely booked out for the night of Saturday, Nov. 11 (due to a football game at University of Arizona). However, there are still rooms available for Thursday and Friday nights. Although our room block is full, the Resort will honor our group rate for Thursday and Friday nights (as well as for Tuesday and Wednesday if needed). We strongly recommend making your reservations AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you prefer to stay at Westward Look on Thursday and Friday and move to another hotel for Saturday night. The information on how to make reservations at the Resort is given here.

See here for alernative area hotels as well as for some close to the airport.

If anyone would be willing to share their room for Saturday night, and have already made the reservations at Westward Look, please send e-mail immeadiately to with your gender preferences for a room mate.

Dr. Michael J. S. Belton, after obtaining his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, joined the Kitt Peak National Observatory in 1964 where he currently holds an Emeritus Astronomer position. He is the President of Belton Space Exploration Initiatives, LLC and is an active researcher of Planetary Science, most recently as the Deputy Principal Investigator of the Deep Impact mission to Comet Tempel 1. He was the Galileo Imaging Team Leader and chaired the Solar System Decadal Survey. In recognition of his contributions to Planetary Science, the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society presented him the Gerard P. Kuiper Prize in 1995.

Dr. Belton’s scientific career spans research on terrestrial planets to Jovian planets and on small bodies. Therefore this symposium is appropriately titled “Belton Symposium: Journey Through the Solar System.”

We anticipate a scientifically productive Symposium covering a range of Solar System topics. The invited speakers for the Symposium are:

The Symposium will end with a presentation by Dr. Belton himself.

We invite members of the Planetary Science community to submit abstracts for contributed presentations (at least 2/3 will be oral presentations while the rest will be posters). The presentations could be on any Solar system topic relevant to Dr. Belton’s career and interests.

Note added on September 12: The abstract submission deadline for talks/posters has passed. However we can still accept a very limited number of Late-Posters. Please submit your abstract here before October 20, 2006. The Scientific Organizing Committee will convey the acceptance of the abstracts in a timely manner.

Belton Symposium is sponsored by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory of the University of Arizona, and the Planetary Science Institute. The Local Organizing Committee thanks the sponsors for their generous contributions.


NOAO is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), Inc. under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.

AURA, inc. NSF

NOAO >  Meetings >  Belton Symposium