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The Origin and Evolution of the Moon – Academic Graduate-level Course

December 19, 2018 @ 1:00 pm PDT - 2:30 pm PDT

A Graduate Seminar on “The Origin and Evolution of the Moon”, sponsored by the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), is being offered for the 2018 fall term (September – December). The goal of the course is to identify and investigate major outstanding questions and scientific and exploration goals for robotic and human exploration of the Earth’s Moon.

The seminar is jointly organized and led by SSERVI teams at Brown University (SEEED) and the Lunar and Planetary Institute Center for Lunar Science and Exploration (CLSE) and with many SSERVI-affiliated institutions participating, and will meet in 14 weekly sessions that feature lectures given by leaders in the field. The format also provides an opportunity for questions and discussion.


1. September 5: Transformative Lunar Science: Jim Head (Brown), Robin Canup (SWRI), Carle Pieters (Brown), David Kring (LPI).

2. September 12: The History of Lunar Exploration: Jim Head (Brown)

3. SEPTEMBER 19: The Formation of the Moon: Current Scenarios: Robin Canup (SWRI)

4. SEPTEMBER 26: Formation of the Lunar Crust and the Aftermath: The Magma Ocean Hypothesis: Marc Parmentier (Brown)

5. OCTOBER 3: The Structure of the Lunar Crust, Mantle and Core: Maria Zuber (MIT)

6. OCTOBER 10: The Lunar Cratering Record and the Late Heavy Bombardment: Bill Bottke (SWRI)

7. OCTOBER 17: The Highlands Rock Suite: Clues to Early Lunar Evolution: Clive Neal (Notre Dame)

8. OCTOBER 24: Lunar Mare Volcanism: The Emplacement of Secondary Crust: Jim Head (Brown)

9. OCTOBER 31: Lunar Impact Cratering and Formation of Impact Basins: Gordon Osinski (University of Western Ontario) and Brandon Johnson (Brown)

10. NOVEMBER 7: Space Directive-1: To the Moon to Stay: NASA Administrator James Bridenstine

11. NOVEMBER 14: Origin and Evolution of the Lunar Magnetic Field: Sonia Tikoo (Rutgers) and Ben Weiss (MIT)

12. NOVEMBER 28: Models for the Thermal Evolution of the Moon: Lindy Elkins-Tanton (ASU)

13. DECEMBER 5: Lunar Polar Deposits and Surface Water: Dana Hurley (JHUAPL) and Ralph Milliken (Brown)

14. DECEMBER 19: Future Exploration of the Moon: The Road Ahead.


December 19, 2018
1:00 pm PDT - 2:30 pm PDT
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