Lunar Science for Landed Missions Workshop

January 10-12, 2017
NASA Ames Research Center (Building 152)
NCTS Code: 31661-18

SSERVI and LEAG, in partnership, are pleased to announce the “Lunar Science for Landed Missions Workshop,” January 10-12, 2018, at NASA Ames Research Center. This workshop is intended to produce a set of priority targets for near-term landed missions on the Moon, primarily, but not exclusively, from commercial exploration firms interested in pursuing ventures on the Moon. Abstracts are solicited describing target areas on the Moon for near-term in-situ science, network science, and sample return missions. Abstracts should be up to one page in length and are intended to stimulate discussion about specific targets. This workshop will result in a report to be presented to NASA Headquarters as an initial community consensus of priority landed targets, with the potential of future solicitations for science-focused payloads at such target sites.

The program is now set and can be found here.

Registration Now Open!

Registration is required so if attending please register.

Our view of the Moon, our nearest neighbor, has improved dramatically in the last decade. A series of missions this century has illuminated the Moon in ways only dreamed of previously. Subsequent investment in lunar science using these mission datasets, analysis of Apollo samples with new technologies, and application of sophisticated modeling has transformed the way we view the Moon. This new view of the Moon has allowed us to ask fundamental questions and target specific sites for more detailed investigation. A key aspect of furthering our understanding of the Moon and its relation to other Solar System bodies will advance a new era of landed lunar missions, first robotic and eventually human.

The workshop will commence with a series of invited talks highlighting the contributions of recent lunar missions to detailed knowledge of the lunar surface and subsurface, its geology, and its composition. The workshop will then proceed with a series of contributed presentations highlighting potential lunar landing sites, each describing the individual site’s benefit to science and/or human exploration (e.g., ISRU). The community is invited to propose specific sites on the Moon of high value for landed missions. Participants should discuss the merits of a proposed site in terms of its benefit(s), involving one or more of the following:

a) short term reconnaissance and/or surface science experiments (< one lunar day)

b) sample return

c) long term monitoring (days, years)

d) regional roving experiments (ala MSL)

e) technological demonstrations that feed forward

f) technological demonstrations for ISRU

g) other

On behalf of the Science Organizing Committee, we would like to invite you to attend and participate in this opportunity to fashion the next stage of lunar science and exploration.

Greg Schmidt (SSERVI) and Clive R. Neal (LEAG), Co-Chairs

Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff

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