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NASA To Host Second Annual Lunar Science Forum

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Jul 17, 2009 9:37 am
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MOFFETT FIELD, Calif., (NASA) – Mission updates from both the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) will be featured during the second annual Lunar Science Forum July 21-23, 2009 at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Hosted by the NASA Lunar Science Institute at NASA Ames in conjunction with the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing (Apollo 11), the forum is expected to attract hundreds of lunar researchers to hear presentations about science opportunities of the moon, on the moon and from the moon. Senior NASA officials, including Jim Green, director of the Planetary Science Division, and John Olson, director of the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Integration Office, both at NASA Headquarters, Washington, are expected to attend.

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The forum also will feature presentations of results from international lunar orbiters given by Manabu Kato of Japan, (the Kaguya mission), Jitendra N. Goswami of India (the Chandrayaan-1 mission), and Hao Xifan of China (the Chang’e-1 mission).

The forum also will host two major special events. On Tuesday, July 21st, at 6 p.m. PDT, the Shoemaker event will commemorate the life and work of Gene Shoemaker, one of the founders of the field of planetary science and a pioneering lunar scientist. On Wednesday, July 22nd, at 5:30 p.m. PDT, the Apollo Panel will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing and include Apollo-era scientists Palmer Dyal, Charles Lundquist, Brian O’Brien, Lee Silver, Gordon Swann, and Don Wilhelms. The Apollo Panel will be moderated by science journalist and space historian Andrew Chaikin.

WHAT: Lunar Science Forum

WHEN: July 21-23, 2009; registration opens at 8 a.m.; sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. PDT

WHO: Lunar scientists, NASA officials

WHERE: NASA Ames Conference Center, Bldg, 3, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

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