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Call for Abstracts and Community Input

Virtual Session 11: Lunar Science Accomplished with a Robotic Arm
September 30, 2021

Call for Community Input Deadline — September 22, 2021, 5:00 p.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time (GMT -5)

Large file transfer link for submission of community input PowerPoint or pdf file.

We are requesting information from the lunar science community to provide input into design considerations for robotic arms on mobile platforms. Those interested in providing information should refer to the template at the link below and provide as much information regarding the specific science objectives and proposed instrument specifications as possible. Contributions are due no later than September 22, so they can be incorporated into the second part of this discussion on September 30.

Link to Template

The template includes specific queries and specifications that should be addressed as thoroughly as possible. Key questions to consider as you prepare to complete the template include:

  • What key science objectives are achievable using a robotic arm?
  • What types of samples are needed to address key science objectives? (Consider both sample access and sample collection.)
  • What types of arm-mounted and deployable instruments/tools are needed to address key science objectives?
  • What arm capabilities are needed to achieve key science objectives?


In preparing contributions, consider which science use cases for a robotic arm identified below are most applicable to your identified science objective/instrument. Please note any additional use cases in your submission if the most applicable use case is not included in the list below.

  • Surface analysis
  • Sample collection
  • Instrument deployment


We also request that each submission include specific science objectives that the proposed instrument/payload is intended to address, including justification traceable to key community documents and an illustration of the proposed instrument, with labels that include key components, center of mass, and expected attachment point(s) for the robotic arm.

Additionally, the template contains prompts for a concept of operations that includes how the robotic arm would be used in conjunction with the proposed instrument to achieve the identified science objectives (in words and images) and a list of specifications that we ask you to fill in as completely as possible.

As you fill out the template, if you have any questions, please reach out to both session co-chairs, Debra Needham (debra.m.hurwitz@nasa.gov) and Shaun Azimi (shaun.m.azimi@nasa.gov).


Virtual Session 12: Landing Sites and Capabilities for Future CLPS Deliveries
November 18, 2021

Abstract Deadline — October 8, 2021, 5:00 p.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time (GMT -5)

Abstracts can be up to one page in length and should discuss the proposed landing area(s) and science objectives that can be uniquely achieved at that site (traceable to community documents). Additionally, abstracts should identify, at a high level, what capability(ies) are needed to address the science objectives, e.g.:

  • Survive/operate through the lunar night
  • Mobility (including order of magnitude distance)
  • Analytical techniques (e.g., geochronology; not specific instruments)
  • Sample return (including order of magnitude mass, special curation considerations)
  • Any other enhancing technologies (i.e., technologies that would improve the science measurements but are not critical to achieving the main scientific objectives)


Abstracts should not outline full mission concepts; rather they should focus on high-priority landing sites, the unique science achievable there, and the high-level capabilities needed to address the science objectives.

Submission Instructions

  • No late abstract submissions will be accepted, regardless of the reason.
  • Abstracts sent by e-mail will not be considered.
  • Abstracts are limited to one page.
  • All abstracts must be submitted in U.S. letter size format (8.5” × 11”) and include a one-inch margin on all four sides; A4 submissions will be rejected by the system.
  • Abstract file sizes must be no larger than 3 MB; larger files will be automatically rejected by the system.
  • If not using the template provided, leave a one-inch margin on all four sides of your document.


Authors are encouraged to start the submission process early so the LPI staff will have time to provide assistance in the event of technical problems. For technical assistance, contact Debbie Mitchell (281-486-2106), or send an e-mail message to publish@hou.usra.edu.

Abstract Revisions (prior to the deadline): If you discover an error and need to update your abstract or correct the information submitted on the form, return to the abstract submission portion of the meeting portal and click on the “Update” link that appears next to the title of the abstract you submitted.

Preparation and Submission of Abstracts

  • Step 1: Download the appropriate template.
  • Step 2: Write the abstract (no more than one page) using the format shown in the template.
  • Step 3: Create a PDF file (no larger than 3 MB).
  • Step 4: Fill out the electronic abstract submission form and upload the abstract file.
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).