Virtual Session 7: January 20–21, 2021
Separate LSSW-focused sessions will be held for space biology, physical sciences, and fundamental physics. The space biology session is scheduled for January 20–21, 2021.
The NASA Science Mission Directorate Biological and Physical Science Division’s Space Biology virtual session will inform the community about lunar surface science programmatic and research activities at NASA and solicit input from the community on the potential for new scientific research that could be enabled by Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) and human exploration on the Moon and the technologies needed to conduct the research investigations.
The first day will offer presentations by agency representatives and selected abstract submissions. The second day will consist of breakout sessions for deeper discussions and identification of specific lunar surface science topics and technologies for Biological and Physical Science Division (BPS) Space Biology lunar research activities, objectives, and priorities to provide community commentary on space biology lunar research.
Virtual Session 6: November 19, 2020
Foundational Data Products
12:00–5:45 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) (UTC -5)
The next virtual workshop of the Lunar Surface Science Workshop (LSSW) will focus on Foundational Data Products. The day will be a mix of invited/contributed talks and discussion breakouts.
This workshop will address foundational data products facilitating new scientific research enabled by human exploration of the lunar south pole. The goal of this session is to discuss existing relevant data and to identify key gaps in existing data that could be addressed through precursor missions and/or targeted new observations and analyses. The workshop will consider data products relevant to (a) direct scientific investigation and (b) surface characterization enabling safe, effective crew activity.
Two breakout sessions will be conducted:
- 1. Surface Characterization. Major themes to be addressed:
- a. Assessment of local geology and composition, guiding and providing context for scientific investigations at the lunar south pole.
- b. Assessment of local terrain enabling safe, successful exploration.
- 2. Resource Characterization. Major themes to be addressed include the distribution and mobility of polar volatiles.
Virtual Session 5: October 28, 2020
Science Enabled by Mobility
12:00–5:45 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (UTC -4)
Major questions to be addressed:
- Mobility: Drive it like you stole it.
- What scientific investigations are uniquely enabled by mobility? Crewed or uncrewed?
- What scientific investigations are enhanced by mobility? Crewed or uncrewed?
- What are the necessary capabilities of the mobile platform (range, survive the night, communications, sampling, remote operations, etc.)?
Virtual Session 4: September 30, 2020
Planetary Protection/PSR Classification
Major questions to be addressed:
- PP/PSR: Not all PSRs are created equal.
- What are the major distinctions among PSRs?
- How do we identify and classify different PSRs (e.g., keep-out zones vs. robotic/crew exploration targets vs. impact targets)?
- What other locations (or portions therein) need to be classified? (e.g., heritage sites [A11–17, Luna, Surveyor, Chang’E]; past impact sites [LCROSS, S-IVB, Apollo ascent stages, LADEE, etc.]; current missions [NASA, commercial, international]; future infrastructure sites [crewed landings, solar farms, sustainable base]).
- How do we set policy to govern PSRs and other sensitive/strategic sites within our own agency, the commercial sector, and internationally?
Virtual Session 3: August 20, 2020
Lunar Dust and Regolith
Virtual Session 2: July 29–30, 2020
Lunar Volatiles and Samples
Virtual Session 1: May 28–29, 2020
Overview and Tools and Instruments