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LUNAR SURFACE SCIENCE WORKSHOP, May 28-29, 2020, virtual

Update, May 26:  This has been reorganized into a series of virtual events.  The first will take place May 28-29, 2020 with half-day sessions.  More information is on its website, which says a revised program would be posted by May 19, but is not there yet. It also notes: “Attendance for May 28 is open to the community. Attendance for May 29 is limited to people who submitted an abstract, or their delegates, and selected invitees.”

Update, March 9:  This workshop has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Original Entry: NASA is organizing a Lunar Surface Science Workshop that will be held in the Denver, CO area on April 28-30, 2020.  A Save the Date announcement describes it this way:

Lunar Surface Science Workshop

April 28–30, 2020
Denver, Colorado Area

NASA is organizing a workshop to discuss new scientific research that could be enabled by human exploration near the lunar south pole.

In accordance with the Space Policy Directive-1, NASA is planning a human return to the Moon’s surface by 2024 as a large next step in human exploration of the solar system. The NASA Artemis program is being conducted in two phases:  Phase 1 will see the next human beings set foot on the lunar surface near the Moon’s south pole, and Phase 2 will create a sustained human presence on the lunar surface by 2028. Community input and early integration of science into the exploration architecture are essential to maximizing the science return from the Artemis missions.

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, and Science and Technology Mission Directorate are co-sponsoring a three-day workshop to actively engage the scientific community in order to determine what science could be done by human crews on the lunar surface and how it can be achieved. This workshop will be held April 28–30, 2020 in the Denver, Colorado area.

The intent of the workshop is to provide an open forum for the presentation, discussion, and consideration of various concepts, options, capabilities, and innovations to advance scientific discovery on or from the lunar surface. Discussions will cover a multitude of science disciplines including planetary science (with field geology), astrophysics, Earth observations, heliophysics, and fundamental space biology and human health and performance.

Overarching cross-cutting themes to be discussed include:

  1. Which locations within 6° of the south pole are the highest priority to be visited by crew and why?
  2. What science instrumentation do we want on the Moon? This can be both instruments that the crew use, as well as stand-alone science instruments that might need crew interaction to be set up.
  3. Technology development required to enable science on the lunar surface.


IMPORTANT:  To be added to the mailing list to receive pertinent information about this workshop and to indicate your interest in participating, please submit an Indication of Interest.

Abstract submission and workshop details will be available by the end of December.


May 28 @ 6:00 am
May 29 @ 11:00 pm