NEW VIEWS OF THE MOON: INITIATIVE AND BOOK
In 1998, CAPTEM (Curation and Analysis Planning Team for Extraterrestrial Materials) began a long-term initiative to improve our understanding of the Moon and its history by integrating all available types of data: in situ investigations, analyses of lunar samples, telescopic observations, and spacecraft datasets*. This initiative, New Views of the Moon, is supported by NASA’s Office of Space Sciences (read the proposal here) and the Lunar and Planetary Institute. The initiative is being guided principally by Dr. Brad Jolliff (Washington University), Charles Shearer (University of New Mexico), Mark A. Wieczorek (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris) and Dr. Clive Neal (University of Notre Dame).
The goals of the initiative are:
- to summarize new insights that have been gained about the Moon as a result of recent global data sets and their integration with sample and other data;
- to define current understanding of the Moon’s geologic history, resources, and potential for scientific exploration; and
- to communicate implications of knowledge gained from research and exploration of the Moon for planetary science and exploration beyond the Moon.
The initiative provides a forum and a focus to assess current ideas about the Moon in light of new datasets and analytical approaches, and to address the many new questions raised by recent missions and sample investigations. Many different scientific communities are involved with the Moon (e.g., sample science, remote sensing, astronomy, resources and human exploration), but they often have worked without benefit of each others’ knowledge. The initiative seeks to help these scientific communities work together, to learn each other’s languages, to understand the basic questions addressed by each, and to help each communicate its significance to others.
The initiative proceeds through focused workshops and through special sessions at national scientific meetings. Abstracts and reports from the sessions and workshops can be found here. The initiative will culminate in a book, New Views of The Moon, scheduled for publication in the Summer of 2006. "New Views of the Moon" will be a team effort of the lunar science community to summarize the current state of understanding of the Moon its surface composition, interior structure, thermal and magmatic evolution, impact history, and resource potential through the integration of remotely sensed data sets, sample science, and surface exploration.
*There is precedent for CAPTEM initiatives like "New Views of the Moon." The Lunar and Planetary Sample Team (LAPST), predecessor to CAPTEM, hosted three workshops in the early 1990's: Workshop on the Origin of Lunar Volcanic Glasses (1990), Workshop on the Physics and Chemistry of Magma Oceans (1991), and Workshop on the Geology of the Apollo 17 Landing Site (1992). For this lunar initiative, CAPTEM has been inspired and guided by the Basaltic Volcanism Study Project, which produced the critically acclaimed Basaltic Volcanism on the Terrestrial Planets (Pergamon, 1981).
New Views of the Moon is dedicated to one of the original editors and former LPI Scientist, Graham Ryder.