Eric Hand is blogging all this week at In The Field from the 40th anniversary Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) in Houston, Texas. In his first post, Eric writes that the traditional home of LPSC, a centre in League City, near the Lunar and Planetary Institute and Johnson Space Center, "was getting too tight for the burgeoning ranks of planetary scientists. But organizers wanted to keep the traditional roots of the conference in Houston. So they moved to a conference center in The Woodlands, a master-planned, mixed-use development done in the 1970s by astrophysics-loving billionaire George Mitchell. " Join Eric and the one and a half thousand registrants for a week of planetary news and views.