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Planetary Science Institute Receives Funding for Belton Symposiums


 Michael J.S. Belton and Anna Don

The Planetary Science Institute has received a $100,000 contribution from Michael J.S. Belton and Anna Don to fund a biannual series of international symposiums that will focus on the origin, physical structure and composition of comet nuclei. 

Belton Symposium participants will be invited from among the world experts in each topic to be discussed and will produce a monograph that gives future direction to investigations in that area. The Symposium will include presentations, one-on-one discussions, and organized convivial discussions in the evening. 

“Research into the origins, physical structure and composition of comet nuclei promises deep insight into the processes at work as the Sun and planets were formed,” said Belton. “We seek the truth about the origin and evolution of our own Solar System, our home.” 

“We are deeply honored by Mike and Anna’s generous gift,” said Mark Sykes, Director and CEO of PSI. “We look forward to realizing Mike’s vision of a high-level discussion that will inspire and shape future research on and robotic exploration of cometary bodies for decades to come.”

Jan. 1, 2018
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