Microsymposium 60

Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI)

Forward to the Moon to Stay:
Undertaking Transformative Lunar Science with Commercial Partners

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center
Montgomery A-C, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Texas, USA
March 16-17, 2019

NASA Conference Tracking System Number NCTS# 38166-19


Program (PDF)

Saturday, March 16, 2019
1PM - 6PM (with reception to follow)

1:00 PM: Introduction: 

- Jim Head (Brown University).
- Gregory Schmidt, Director (Solar System Exploration Virtual Institute-SSERVI).

1:10 PM: The View From NASA Headquarters:

-NASA’s Lunar Discovery Exploration Program
Steve Clarke/Ben Bussey (NASA HQ).
-NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services Initiative: Getting Payloads to Providers
Sarah Noble (NASA HQ).

1:40 PM: The View from the European Space Agency (ESA):

- James Carpenter (ESA).

1:50 PM:  The View from the Scientific Community: Transformative Lunar Science (10' each):

-Overview: Carle Pieters (Brown University): The Transformative Lunar Science Document
-Impact Crater Flux and Lunar Chronology: Bill Bottke (Southwest Research Institute).
-Volcanism and Magmatic Chronology: Lionel Wilson (Lancaster University).
-Petrology and Geochemistry: Clive Neal (Notre Dame). 
-Lunar Geophysics: Alex Evans (Brown University).
-Regolith Formation and Evolution: Brett Denevi (Applied Physics Lab).
-Volatile Acquisition and Migration: James Carpenter (ESA).
-The Lunar Space Environment: Mihály Horányi (University of Colorado, Boulder).
-General Discussion: Additional Perspectives.

3:20 PM: Dawn of The New Era:

-SpaceIL Mission to the Moon: Oded Aharonson (Weizmann Institute).

3:30-5:30 PM: Lightning Talks (5' each):

-Lunar Magnetotelluric Sounder
Robert Grimm (SwRI) et al. 

-Lunar Surface Gravimetry Investigation Concept
Kieran A. Carroll (GEDEX) et al.

-Testing of Miniature Laser Retroreflector Arrays for Commercial Lunar Landers
Daniel Cremons (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) et al.

-Next-Gen Laser Retroreflectors for the Lunar Interior
S. Dell'Agnello (INFN-LNF) and D. Currie (University of Maryland).

-A MEMS Seismometer for Commercial Lunar Landers
Ceri Nunn (JPL) et al.

-Characterizing the lunar magnetic field to further our understanding of energy and particle pathways
Michael Purucker (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) et al.

-Investigating the lunar surface magnetic field by mobile magnetometers
Peter Chi (UCLA) et al.

-XTRA: An Extraterrestrial Regolith Analyzer to quantitatively determine the mineralogical and chemical composition of lunar soil
Jeff Taylor (University of Hawaii) et al.

-The Potassium-Argon Laser Experiment (KArLE) for in situ geochronology on the Moon
Barbara Cohen (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center).

-PROSPECT-Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer for surface Volatiles and Exosphere
Barbara Cohen (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center).

-Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy for Rapid Remote and In Situ Geochemical and Geochronological Analyses of Lunar Materials (LunaLIBS)
Ann Martha Ollila (Los Alamos National Laboratory) et al.

-Elpasolite Planetary Ice and Composition Spectrometer Lunar In-situ deTection of Elements (EPICS-LITE)
Daniel D. S. Coupland (Los Alamos National Laboratory) et al.

-NIR Experiment Targeting Lunar Volatile Distribution and Characterization
Alian Wang (Washington University) et al.

-Lunar Laser Surface Solar Occultation (LLSSO), a Payload Concept for Lunar Landers
Winslow Farrell (Jacobs Missile Defense Group) et al.

-High Priority Measurements from SmallSats and Commercial Landers for Lunar Volatiles and Composition
Bethany Ehlmann (Caltech) et al.

-Using the Chemistry, Organics and Dating Experiment (CODEX) to Revise Lunar and Inner Solar System Chronology
Scott Anderson (Southwest Research Institute) et al.

-Lunar Tethered Resource Explorer (Lunar T-REx) mission concept
Timothy Stubbs (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center).

-Heimdall: A Flexible Build-to-Print Camera System for Conducting Lunar Science
Aileen Yingst (PSI) et al.

-An Approach to Situational Awareness for Lunar Landings
Jason Mezilis (Zandef Deksit, Inc.).

-Development of an Integrated Vision System for lunar surface missions
Gordon Osinski (University of Western Ontario) et al.

5:30 PM: STEM Education Perspective:

-An Example of Working with Commercial Partners: The OrbitBeyond Lunar Mare Imbrium Lava Flow Design Reference Mission
Ariel Deutsch and Ashley Palumbo (Brown University) et al.

5:40 PM: Additional Perspectives and Discussion:

-Selling Lunar Resources for Fun, Profit, and Export: A Test That the OST Cannot Pass?
John D. Rummel (SETI Institute and McGill Institute of Air and Space Law)

-Transformative Lunar Operations: Working in Fine Moondust
Brian J. O’Brien (University of Western Australia)

6:00 PM: Reception:

Sunday: March 17, 2019
8:30AM - 12NOON

8:30 AM:  How Do We Get to the Moon?: Presentations by a selection of participating CLPS providers and others (20'+5' each):

-Astrobotic Technology, Inc. (

-Deep Space Systems (

-Lockheed Martin Space (

-Masten Space Systems (

-Moon Express (

-OrbitBeyond (

-SpaceX (, a non-CLPS lunar service provider.

-Special Presentation: Our Way to the Moon: The Beresheet Story
Meir Nissim Nir, Director, Advance Space Systems, Israeli Aerospace Industries.

11:50 AM: Closing Remarks

-Jim Head (Brown University).

12:00 Noon: Adjourn


Late Sunday Afternoon Follow-up Meeting: 4:30-5:30 PM: How to Do Science on a Commercial Lunar Lander: A focus on operational logistics with commercial partners.  Waterway 1. Contact for this follow-up meeting only:




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