The NASA Lunar Science Institute is pleased to announce the 5th annual NASA Lunar Science Forum, to be held July 17-19, 2012. This year’s forum will feature sessions on in-depth scientific results from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), Acceleration Reconnection Turbulence and Electrodynamics of the Moon’s Interaction with the Sun (ARTEMIS), Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) and the Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) satellites, a dedicated side-conference for graduate students and young lunar professionals, as well as the annual Shoemaker Award ceremony and associated keynote lecture. This year’s Shoemaker Award winner is Dr. S. Ross Taylor in recognition of his significant scientific accomplishments and contributions to the lunar field. As in past years, science sessions are structured to report on both recent results and future opportunities for lunar science, exploration, education and outreach.

The conference will review the state of knowledge, and opportunities for science:
Of the Moon: Investigating the composition, structure and history of the Moon as each relates to the evolution of the Earth, Moon and Solar System.
On the Moon: Investigating the effects of lunar material and the environment on terrestrial life and robotic equipment.
From the Moon: Exploring science that is uniquely enabled by being on or near the Moon, including celestial and Earth observations.

Presentations on elements of education and public outreach are included to better understand how lunar exploration can be used to stimulate public interest in space exploration and improve science literacy.

Abstract Deadlines
Abstracts will be accepted through May 1, 2012 at

Attending Registration Deadlines
Free advanced registration must be completed by July 1st:
Non-U.S. citizens must register by June 4th for access to a government facility:

Meeting Format
The conference consists of invited and contributed oral and poster presentations, together with breakout sessions to plan for the future of lunar science.

The session summaries, along with the abstracts, list of organizers, and participants, will be included in a final report to be posted on the NASA Lunar Science Institute website.

Oral Presentations
Speakers should bring their presentations on a memory stick and include any media, embedded videos or movie clips. The schedule is tight, so please submit your presentation to the system operator in the assigned plenary or breakout room at least 30 minutes before your presentation.

Poster Presentations
The space available for poster displays is 48” x 48”. The poster area will be open during all normal meeting hours, so authors may install their poster anytime after 5PM on July 16th. Posters should be removed by 2PM on Thursday. Authors are required to be at their posters during at least one poster session (sign up sheets will be provided at check-in). Poster authors are also encouraged to bring several press-ready copies of their abstract for the media.

Student and Young Professionals Events
NLSI is very supportive of developing the Next Generation of Lunar Scientists. Please see the following activities listed below, that are occurring before the Forum.

Join the 3rd annual Lunar Graduate Conference on Sunday, July 15th. More information on this event will be posted soon.
Join the Next Generation Lunar Scientists and Engineers Workshop on Monday, July 16th. More information on this event will be posted soon.

We look forward to another exciting meeting focusing on science of, on and from the Moon!


For further information regarding local logistics, contact:
Shirley Berthold
NASA Ames Research Center
Phone: 650-604-1654

Posted by: Soderman/NLSI Staff
Source: NLSI

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