NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute
Exploration Science Forum

(Formerly the Lunar Science Forum)

      The Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) is pleased to announce the 1st annual NASA Exploration Science Forum (ESF), to be held in person July 21-23, 2014 at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. This year's forum will feature scientific discussions of exploration targets of interest (the Moon, near-Earth asteroids, and the moons of Mars).

Attendance by the entire community is encouraged, and based on submitted abstracts, sessions will be organized to address topics of primary interest. For example, the 2013 forum included sessions on: current Missions, human exploration including dust/regolith, Geology (Mineralogy & Petrology) & Volatiles, Geology (Age Dating) & Exospheres, Geology (Impacts) & Astro and Heliophysics, Geology & Geophysics, and Future Prospects.

Science sessions will focus on recent mission results and in-depth analyses of science and exploration studies. Dedicated side-conferences for graduate students and young professionals (a graduate student conference and Next Generation Lunar Scientists and Engineers, NGLSE) will coincide with the ESF. Public engagement discussions will be interwoven among science topics as well.

Abstracts will be accepted February 18 through midnight PDT April 26, 2014 at:

The 2014 Shoemaker (science), Wargo (exploration & Science), and Niebur (early career) awards will be announced at the forum. Nominee's for these awards can be submitted at:

Additionally, a one-day meeting discussing science and exploration in the Global Exploration Roadmap (GER) will immediately follow the ESF, where the scientific community is welcome to attend.

Register for the Forum

2014 Science Organizing Committee




Special Sessions:

Human Enabled Science for the Global Exploration Roadmap
The International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) published the Global Exploration Roadmap in 2013.
The Roadmap identifies three Mission Themes that might be pursued with a human crew:

  • Exploration of a Near-Earth Asteroid
  • Extended Duration Crew Missions
  • Humans to the Lunar Surface

While the Roadmap identifies several high level goals for each of the themes, the detailed science that might be conducted has not been fully explored. This session seeks to discuss the science objectives and accompanying operations that might be pursued under any one of the Themes.

If you submit an abstract, check the "Human Exploration" box on the SSERVI web site.
The Roadmap can be downloaded at:

Please use the following form to register for the 2014 Forum