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Final Announcement

Meeting Location and Date

The 2018 Annual Meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG 2018) will be held November 14–15 at the Universities Space Research Association Headquarters at 7178 Columbia Gateway Dr., Columbia, Maryland.

Purpose and Scope

IMPORTANT NOTE: This LEAG meeting features a new format and major content changes from previous years. Please read this and all subsequent announcements carefully.

The theme of this year’s meeting is Progress and Preparation Toward Exploring the Surface of the Moon.

The 2018 LEAG Annual Meeting will bring together scientists, industry/private sector, and government personnel to discuss lunar exploration priorities and collaboratively work to maximize the science and exploration benefit from new opportunities such as the Science Mission Directorate (SMD)-led Lunar Discovery and Exploration Program (LDEP). No abstracts will be solicited for LEAG 2018. Instead, invited talks, panels, breakout groups, and community discussions will center on four main goals:

  • Provide programmatic insight to the community about the new opportunities offered by the new Science Mission Directorate (SMD)-led Lunar Discovery and Exploration Program (LDEP) and provide a forum for community feedback.
  • Explore the implications of the LDEP on the 2023–2033 Planetary Decadal Survey and take the first steps toward establishing lunar exploration priorities for the next Decadal.
  • Facilitate collaborations between commercial lunar service providers and the scientific community to accomplish science objectives and close strategic knowledge gaps.
  • Provide a forum for community updates and input into activities of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter as its team develops priorities for the coming years.

The meeting will result in a series of findings formulated through community consensus that will be published on the LEAG website and forwarded to NASA HQ (SMD and HEOMD). The intent of this meeting is to promote discussion and scientific community input during each session.

PLEASE NOTE: Immediately preceding the 2018 LEAG Annual Meeting on November 13, 2018 at USRA Headquarters is the LEAG/SSERVI “Survive and Operate Through the Lunar Night” workshop, sponsored by the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate, the NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, and the NASA Science Mission Directorate. This is a focused workshop exploring a vital topic separate from the 2018 LEAG Annual Meeting. For more details about this important meeting, please visit the Survive and Operate Through the Lunar Night workshop website.

Statement on Harassment
The LEAG Annual Meeting is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for participants regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, or other protected status. The LEAG Annual Meeting is intended for professional networking and collaboration in the lunar and planetary science community. While at the meeting or related ancillary or social events, any participants, including speakers, attendees, volunteers, sponsors, and anyone else, should not engage in harassment in any form. All participants are expected to behave according to professional standards and in accordance with their employer's policies on appropriate workplace behavior.

Note: All electronic submission forms are part of the Meeting Portal, which requires users to set up a personal profile to access our electronic forms (setting up a profile is quick and easy, requiring only a few minutes of your time).