Thank you all for participating and helping us to have a fantastic Workshop! I hope you all came away
with an increased understanding of our favorite target comet, and will be talking to each other about
your observations in the weeks and months to come. As of now we will continue to communicate with
the Observer Community through the CIOC webpage, http://www.isoncampaign.org. We have plans
to have a tag-up "course correction" telecon the first week of December to update everyone on ISON's
status through its perihelion passage. This may or may not include hosting folks at our APL conference
site, this is TBD so stay tuned. You can look forward to hearing about the first ISON science results at this
year's DPS and AGU meetings, and next March's LPSC meeting.
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Although the expectations for the 2013/2014 apparition of comet ISON are still developing, at this time measurements leading to increased understanding of this dynamically new Oort cloud comet's orbit, its nucleus size, density, strength, and rotation rate, its composition, its coma and tail morphology, and its evolution over time as it passes through the inner solar system are highly encouraged. The comet's potential high rate of outgassing activity will facilitate sensitive measurements of its molecular and isotopic abundances and temperatures; and determination of how its production rates vary with heliocentric distance. Measurements of rare and low abundance species and isotopic ratios should be possible. The comet will also be extremely close to the Sun by perihelion, flying within 1.7 Rsun of the solar surface, which will provide an excellent opportunity to study Sun-comet interactions.
NASA is leading an effort to observe and study this comet, providing the use of its available resources: Keck, IRTF, its fleet of currently operating spacecraft, and the BRRISON balloon program. We encourage all observing proposals to observe the comet using NASA facilities, especially ones focusing on the comet's abundances, activity, and evolution along its orbit, as well as those from observatories around the world.
We also plan on having a post-encounter workshop in the March - June 2014 timeframe.