Lunar and Planetary Institute

Workshop Agenda

March 1–2, 2004
Lunar and Planetary Institute


Determine what we need to know to make human missions to the Moon effective in advancing the goal of human exploration of the solar system.


President Bush's human exploration plans call for a human return to the Moon by 2015, with precursor robotic missions beginning in 2008. The Office of Space Science will implement the robotic missions, with the goal of obtaining data that will aid human exploration.

  • Review current data sets.
  • Determine what future measurements are needed.
    • Resource assessment
    • Surface geotechnical properties
    • Geographic properties (topography, geodetic control, location of permanently shadowed areas in polar regions, etc.)
  • Determine quality and priority of measurements needed.
    • Precision, accuracy, spatial resolution
    • Order in which data should be collected
    • Establish priorities for data collection
Format and Tentative Schedule
Monday, March 1    

8:00–8:30 a.m.

  Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m.   Plenary
    Introduction to the goals of the workshop (Steve Mackwell and Jeff Taylor)
8:45 a.m.   Outline of possible mission architectures (John Connolly)
9:15 a.m.  

Past Studies of Lunar Science Activities and Major Science Problems (Chip Shearer)

9:45 a.m.  

Knowledge needed: Mission Operations (Mark Robinson)

10:15 a.m.   Break
10:30 a.m.   Knowledge needed: Assessment of Resources (Jeff Taylor)
10:45 a.m.   Knowledge needed: Assessment of Polar Resources (Paul Lucey)


11:15 a.m.   Knowledge needed: Resource and regolith processing (Lawrence Taylor)
11:45 a.m.   Code S perspective on exploration program (Jim Garvin)
Noon   Working lunch to be provided by LPI
Noon to 5:00 p.m.   Subgroup breakout meetings
  1. Mission Operations (Hess Room; Leader: Ben Bussey)
  2. Resource Assessment (Berkner D; Leaders: Jeff Taylor, Paul Lucey)
  3. Resource Processing (Berkner E; Leaders: Larry Taylor, Mike Duke)


Goals of subgroups:

  • Identify information lacking.
  • Suggest investigations and measurements that need to be done.
  • Determine requirements of those measurements.
  • Prioritorize the investigations and measurements.
  • Draft sub-group reports (powerpoint, making use of notes pages).
5:00 p.m.   Plenary

Short tag-up plenary to assess our progress and make final plans for following day
This plenary will be followed by a reception at the LPI.

Tuesday, March 2    
8:00–8:30 a.m.   Continental Breakfast
8:30–10:00 a.m.   Subgroup meetings (same rooms and leaders as for Monday)
  • Finalize drafts.
  • Identify issues needing to be addressed.
  • Draw up strawman payloads (this is for realism check only).
10:00–10:15 a.m.   Break
10:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.   Plenary
  • Review subgroup work.
  • Modify requirements if needed and check for. compatibility among groups.
  • Identify robotic mission needs, draw up strawman payloads.
  • Identify issues needing attention.
  • Identify the next steps to be taken.
12:30–1:00 p.m.   Lunch to be provided by LPI
1:00–5:00 p.m.   Steering committee draws up conclusions, recommendations, and issues for an LPI Technical Report, documenting presentations and deliberations of working groups.