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Event:
Science and Challenges of Lunar Sample Return Workshop
Start:
February 18, 2014 8:00 am PST
End:
February 19, 2014 5:00 pm PST
Organizer:
Science and Challenges of Lunar Sample Return Workshop
Updated:
October 17, 2013

Science and Challenges of Lunar Sample Return Workshop will be held 18 – 19 February, 2014 at the Space Research and Technology Center of the European Space Agency (ESA/ESTEC), located 35km south-west of Amsterdam International Airport. On-line registration available soon!

The Moon is an important exploration destination for ESA and is considered to be the next destination for humans beyond Low Earth Orbit. European access to the lunar surface is most likely to be made through cooperation with international partners and opportunities for international cooperation in the broad area of lunar exploration are being investigated .

Sample return missions are an important element in the future cooperative exploration scenarios under discussion, as a next step after surface missions. They are a means of building international partnerships, developing and demonstrating technologies and capabilities, and performing detailed analyses to answer fundamental scientific questions and address exploration enabling knowledge gaps through analyses which cannot be performed in situ. Such missions may be required to access extreme environments, perform complex surface operations, and handle uniquely demanding sample requirements. Such activities can result in major advances in planetary sciences, astrobiology and the future of exploration.

A Lunar Polar Sample Return mission, envisaged in the early 2020s by Roscosmos, has been identified by ESA as an important cooperative mission opportunity, and as a logical follow-on from a possible European participation to the Luna-Resurs Lander mission planned by Roscosmos before the end of this decade. In addition a human tended deep space capability, as initiated with the Orion vehicle currently developed by NASA in cooperation with ESA, can be of benefit to a sample return mission and may lead to a future integration of robotic and human exploration.

In preparation for these missions it is important to review our current knowledge and understanding of the Moon, establish the scientific and technical goals that should be targeted and the associated challenges that lie ahead. This workshop will explore the possible benefits and scientific return from Lunar Sample Return missions and investigate the implications for future mission systems.

Organized in association with:

NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) & Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy (IKI)

For more information visit: http://congrexprojects.com/2014-events/14c05/

SSERVI Science Teams

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    McMath‐Pierce telescope observed sodium (Na) emission from LCROSS impact on October 9, 2009.When the Lunar Crater Observing and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) impacted Cabeus crater on October 9th, it pitched up frozen water along with some sodium, astronomers reported today.

    According to the LCROSS team, the impact event pitched up about 660 pounds of water frozen on the bottom of the crater. NLSI researcher R. M. Killen at NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center reported that the plume also contained about 3.3 pounds of sodium chloride.

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