The Dust, Atmosphere and Plasma: Moon and Small Bodies (DAP-2012) meeting took place on June 6-8, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado.

The DAP-2012 workshop was a forum to discuss our current understanding of the surface environment of the Moon and asteroids, to share new results from past and ongoing missions, and to describe expectations for planned upcoming missions. The workshop was focused on the open science questions, the status and future of our modeling and laboratory experimental capabilities, the definition of the required measurements and instrument capabilities for future investigations from orbit, or to be deployed on the surface.

DAP-2012 was a follow-up on the first workshop “Lunar dust, atmosphere, and plasma: The next steps (LDAP-2010).” Contributions to LDAP-2010 were published in the special issue of Planetary and Space Sciences, and a similar volume is planned to report the contributions to DAP-2012.

The workshop was hosted by A. Stern and M. Horányi, and supported by the NASA Lunar Science Institute: Colorado Center for Lunar Dust and Atmospheric Studies, the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, and the Center for Integrated Plasma Studies of the University of Colorado.

The abstracts and the presentations are now available online:

Please note: if you are interested in submitting a contribution on the subject of this meeting to the special issue in Planetary and Space Sciences, contact the organizers Alan Stern or Mihaly Horanyi. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2012.

Posted by: Soderman/NLSI Staff

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