The NASA Lunar Science Institute announces a virtual meeting to present and discuss the latest research regarding volatiles on the Moon.

Recent data have revealed volatiles not only in permanently shadowed regions near the lunar poles, but also in near-surface cold traps and as a veneer on the lunar surface. Additionally, laboratory experiments have addressed the interactions between regolith and volatiles. Theoretical work has traced the observations to putative sources. Meanwhile, the In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) community has prepared for volatile extraction and utilization in future lunar missions.

The workshop will focus on three themes:

1. “Origins of lunar volatiles” includes identifying the composition, as well as endogenous and exogenous processes for manufacturing, delivering, and releasing them.

2. “Sequestration of lunar volatiles” is the processes that contribute to the retention and loss of volatiles, as well as observations that define the distribution and concentrations of volatiles in different reservoirs on the Moon.

3. “Volatiles as a resource” explores in situ resource utilization techniques, experiments, and mission planning.

Participation in the workshop is open to all members of the international research community. Presenters will be selected from contributed abstracts. Short abstracts (< 500 words) may be submitted via the registration website through Wed. April 17, 2013. The workshop presentations will be streamed live on AdobeConnect. During the event, questions can be submitted online or through call-in audio. The entire workshop will be recorded and archived on the NLSI website. The workshop will take place over three half-day intervals from May 21-23, 2013. The time and program will be posted on this website on or after May 1, 2013.

Dates: Tue. May 21, 2013 – Thu. May 23, 2013 (times TBD)

Location: Online, virtual meeting using AdobeConnect: https://connect.arc.nasa.gov/lv1/

Abstract Submissions: Due April 17, 2013; 500-word limit

Program: TBD, posted on or after May 1, 2013

Archive: AdobeConnect presentations will be archived at http://lunarscience.nasa.gov/workshop/lunar-volatiles/ after the conclusion of the workshop.

Contact:
Dana Hurley, JHUAPL

Georgiana Kramer, LPI

Science Organizing Committee:
Dana Hurley
Georgiana Kramer
Yvonne Pendleton
Gerald Sanders
Others, TBC

Posted by: Soderman/NLSI Staff
Source: NLSI

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