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October 19-25, 2015 / Vol 34, No 42 / Hawai`i Island, USA

16 Oct 2015, 20:03 UTC
October 19-25, 2015 / Vol 34, No 42 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Lunar Exploration and Planetary Caves Meetings Showcase Solar System Priorities
The 2015 Annual Meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG) to be held October 20-22 at the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) Headquarters in Columbia MD. Scientists, engineers and commercial sector entrepreneurs will be working on issues involving science, exploration, and utilization of the Moon to create a sustained human space-faring capability — advancing exploration of the Solar System. Institutional support also comes from NASA and Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI). Clive Neal of University of Notre Dame and Steve Mackwell of LPI are the Conveners with a distinguished Science Organizing Committee that includes Program Chair Samuel Lawrence (L) of Arizona State University, James Carpenter of ESA-ESTEC, Noah Petro of NASA/GSFC, Jeffrey Plescia of JHU/APL, Bob Richards of Moon Express, Greg Schmidt of NASA Ames and Charles Shearer of University of New Mexico. The 2nd International Planetary Caves Conference, at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff AZ on Oct. 20-23, highlights themes such as Extraterrestrial Cave Properties, Astrobiology and Biological Signatures, Cave Microclimates, Cave Detection, Robotic Exploration / Mapping and Human Habitation / Related Technologies. The program convened by J. Judson Wynne (R) includes a full day of excursions to ...

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