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The Solar System Exploration Research 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). The ESF is an expansion of the Lunar Science Forum (LSF) which was held from 2008-2013 and will continue to emphasize the Moon in addition to topics related to the newer exploration destinations.

Abstracts are requested for the following topics relevant to the Moon, near-Earth Asteroids, and Phobos/Deimos:

Volatiles – formation, destruction, location, form
Dust/Regolith – origin and evolution
Exosphere/Plasma Interactions,
Radiation Environment – space weathering and human health
Geology,
Geophysics,
Robotic Missions,
Sample Return
ISRU
Astro/Heliophysics
Public Outreach

NEW: The third day of the ESF will contain a special session to engage the exploration and science communities in an important discussion of objectives and benefits of the different Global Exploration Roadmap (GER) destinations – the Moon, Near Earth Asteroids, the moons of Mars.

The intent is to focus on human activities at each of these potential destinations and abstracts are solicited on the following topics:

Lunar Surface Presence: Outpost or Sorties?
The role of the Moon in further exploration destinations (cis-lunar space, NEA, Mars)
Human – Robotic Interaction
Building International Partnerships
Role of the Commercial Sector

Please submit abstracts for this special session under the drop-down menu called “Human Exploration and Destination Drivers” on the Forum website.

As many of the ESF topics are of relevance to the International Space Exploration Coordination Group’s (ISECG) Global Exploration Roadmap (GER), NASA, together with other space agency representatives from ISECG, will leverage the participating Forum scientists present and conduct a separate session on the GER on July 24, immediately following the Exploration Science Forum. This session seeks to discuss topics of interest that increase the synergies between human and robotic missions to increase the return for each community.

Forum and GER logistics, schedule and registration info may be found at http://sservi.nasa.gov/NESF2014/

The GER Roadmap can be downloaded at:
http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/GER-2013_Small.pdf

Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff
Source: SSERVI

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