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CLASS/CLSE Spring 2020 Seminar Series: The Economic Geology of Lunar and Asteroid Resources

January 6 - April 27

COURSE OVERVIEW:

A Capstone Graduate/Professional Course
Spring 2020
Contact: Daniel Britt (dbritt@ucf.edu)
The exploitation and mining of extraterrestrial resources is leaving the domain of visionaries and entering the era of practical applications and business cases. Essential to this industry is to understand the nature of these resources, how they differ from terrestrial ore bodies, the strategies driven by extraterrestrial economic geology, and the physical properties of alien surfaces that will set the context for mining technology development. This course will review in detail the critical economic geological realities of lunar and asteroid resources. Our goal is to capture the basics of extraterrestrial economic geology necessary to support an expanding and vigorous space economy. The core content will be a series of topic-focused lectures given by leaders in the field. The format encourages questions and discussion from the on-line audience. The lectures will be offered on-line through Zoom in real-time and will be recorded for future reference. Lectures will typically be held on Mondays at 10:30 am EDT/EST [50 min lecture + 30 min discussion]. This course is led by the Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science (CLASS) at the University of Central Florida and co-sponsored jointly by the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) and the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration (CLSE) at the Lunar and Planetary Institute.

January 6: Lecture - Introduction to the geologic context of space resources, Introduction to the course and the economic geology of extra-terrestrial resources.

January 13: LectureMineral Evolution, Review of the primordial suite of minerals. How minerals evolve on Earth, the Moon, and asteroids. Dan Britt – University of Central Florida

January 15: DiscussionMineral Evolution, Review of the primordial suite of minerals. How minerals evolve on Earth, the Moon, and asteroids. – Ryan Galinkin

January 20: LectureLunar Geology, Lunar origin, structure, history, surface evolution, units, regolith depth. David Kring

January 22: DiscussionLunar Geology, Lunar origin, structure, history, surface evolution, units, regolith depth.

January 27: LectureThe Lunar Highlands, History, mineralogy, regolith, PSRs, resource potential. Brett Denevi

January 29: DiscussionThe Lunar Highlands, History, mineralogy, regolith, PSRs, resource potential. Kenneth Gordon

February 3: LectureThe Lunar Mare, Emplacement, nature and economic mineralogy of Mare deposits. Clive Neal

February 5: DiscussionThe Lunar Mare, Emplacement, nature and economic mineralogy of Mare deposits. Keanna Jardine

February 10: LectureLunar Polar Water Deposits, Review the data on water deposits, locations, and likely forms and amounts of water. Kevin Cannon

February 12: DiscussionLunar Polar Water Deposits, Review the data on water deposits, locations, and likely forms and amounts of water. Brynn Presler-Marshall

February 17: LectureThe Lunar Surface Environment, Dust, micrometeorites, radiation, solar wind, solar radiation, electrostatics, temperatures. Phillip Metzger

February 19: DiscussionThe Lunar Surface Environment, Dust, micrometeorites, radiation, solar wind, solar radiation, electrostatics, temperatures.

February 24: LectureThe Lunar Environment. Clive Neal

February 26: DiscussionThe Lunar Environment. Isabel Rivera

March 2: LectureThe Origins of Asteroids as constrained by Meteorites. Steve Desch

March 4: DiscussionAsteroids and Meteorites. Keanna Jardine (Discussion)

March 18: Lecture The Physical Evolution of Asteroids. Dan Britt

March 23: LectureProspecting Asteroid Resources. Dan Britt (Lecture)

March 25: DiscussionProspecting Asteroid Resources. Kenneth Gordon (Discussion)

March 30: LectureMining and Operations in Microgravity. Addie Dove (Lecture)

April 1: DiscussionMining and Operations in Microgravity. Anicia Arredondo (Discussion)

April 6: Lecture – Asteroid Hazards: Dust, Toxic Materials, Electrostatics, Dust charging, dust hazards, dust lifetimes near NEOs, toxic materials in asteroids.

April 8: Discussion – Asteroid Hazards: Dust, Toxic Materials, Electrostatics, Dust charging, dust hazards, dust lifetimes near NEOs, toxic materials in asteroids.

April 13: Lecture – Martian Resources, Mars water and other resources

April 15: Discussion – Martian Resources, Mars water and other resources

April 20: Lecture – Simulating Lunar and Asteroid Regoliths, Requirements and inputs for simulants

April 22: Discussion – Simulating Lunar and Asteroid Regoliths, Requirements and inputs for simulants

April 27: Lecture – Wrap-up: The geologic context for a space gold rush, Economics, exploration, and moving space commerce into the solar system

April 29: Discussion – Wrap-up: The geologic context for a space gold rush, Economics, exploration, and moving space commerce into the solar system

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Start:
January 6
End:
April 27
Event Category:

NESF2020 – Virtual

LSSW – Virtual

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