LSA 2011 WORKSHOP Purpose & Scope
Recent discoveries by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and the LCROSS impactor have proven that the Lunar poles are a dynamic and exiting destination for exploration and discovery. They contain a rich variety of volatile ices and the dynamic dust and plasma processes that have created and modified them.
The Lunar Poles will be a crossroads of discovery and a gateway to the solar system and beyond in the coming decades as we unlock the secrets not only for Lunar science but for ice and dust processes throughout the solar system and even for planetary formation disks and molecular gas clouds before gravitational collapse has begun.
Unlocking these mysteries will first require developing a new realm of engineering “All Cold” designs that operate for long periods below 100 Kelvin. This will require new research, new funding, and new cross collaboration in four key areas of science and engineering :
* High Temperature Superconductor Applications
* Low Temperature / Ultra Low Power Electronics
* CryoRobitic Rovers, Landers, and Laboratories
* Astrochemistry and Cryoscience at the Lunar Poles
The purpose of this workshop is to bring together experts in these four cutting edge arenas and to give them an opportunity to learn of each other’s work and recent discoveries. This workshop will be very interactive with presentations, panels, and guided group discussions. The outcome will be very practical: a white paper and Research Roadmap to support advisory teams to the NASA “Technology-needs Inventory” underway at the Office of the Chief Technologist in 2011, funding proposal teams for NIAC, SBIR and other funding opportunities in 2011 and 2012, and the establishment of informal research groups for collaborative progress and presentations at other meetings such as: LPSC 42, Volatiles 2011, NLSI Forum, CEC/ ICMC, and EUCAS-ISEC-ICMC 2011 and other events in 2011 and 2012.
NLSI team member Dr. Ben Bussey is the co-chair and organizer for the Lunar Sciences session of the workshop.
To learn more, visit the event website at http://www.lsa2011.org/p>
The NLSI Lunar Science Forum poster on this topic last year is posted here: lunarscience2010.arc.nasa.gov/hts-enabling-technology-extended-missions-below-80k
You can download a .pdf of the 2010 poster: here.
Posted by: Soderman/NLSI Staff