Lunar and Planetary Institute








 


Meeting Announcement — November 2007

 

SPONSORS —
LCROSS Mission Project,
NASA Ames Research Center,
Lunar and Planetary Institute,
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE —
Jennifer Heldmann (chair),
NASA Ames Research Center/SETI Institute

Tony Colaprete,
LCROSS Principal Investigator, NASA Ames Research Center

 

 


  MEETING LOCATION AND DATE

  The Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) Astronomer Workshop will be held at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, February 29, 2008.

 

  KEY POINTS:
Date:  February 29, 2008
Location:  Moffett Field, CA

  MISSION OBJECTIVE AND PURPOSE OF THE WORKSHOP

  The objectives of the LCROSS mission are to advance the Vision for Space Exploration (VSE) by confirming the presence or absence of water ice in the permanently shadowed craters at the Moon's South Pole and to address science questions such as the nature of the polar regolith, impact cratering dynamics, etc. This workshop is designed for astronomers, to encourage the astronomy community to observe the LCROSS impacts with both ground- and space-based telescopes. The data collected from these observational assets will complement data collected from the LCROSS Shepherding Spacecraft and help ensure that maximum scientific and exploration value is derived from the LCROSS mission.

The LCROSS Project aims to help facilitate the preparation of astronomer observing proposals that will be submitted to various observatories by providing as much LCROSS-relevant information to the astronomers as possible. In this manner, the LCROSS Project will assist astronomers with the development of observing plans and proposals. The LCROSS Observation Campaign Coordinator will also facilitate the submission of a NASA LASER (Lunar Advanced Science and Exploration Research) proposal next year to cover time and travel expenses incurred by astronomers who have submitted successful observing proposals.

For more information about the purpose and scope of the meeting, view the workshop agenda.

More information about the LCROSS mission is available at the mission website at lcross.arc.nasa.gov.

 

 

  REGISTRATION

  There will be no registration fee associated with this workshop. However, participants are asked to register in advance using the electronic registration form provided so that the meeting organizers will have an accurate headcount for planning purposes. The preregistration deadline is February 15, 2008. After that date, participants will have to register on site.

 

  KEY POINTS:
Preregistration deadline:
  February 15, 2008

  TRAVEL GRANTS

  Travel grant money is being provided by the Planetary Sciences Division of NASA Headquarters. Distribution of grants will be on a first-come, first-served basis dependent upon the date and time your preregistration is submitted, and will initially be limited to two (2) individuals per institution. (More than two individuals per institution may be supported if sufficient funding is available.) To be eligible for this funding, you must be employed by a U.S. institution and CANNOT be a civil servant. Please check the appropriate box on the registration form to indicate whether you are eligible to receive a travel grant.

 

   
 

  BADGING AND LODGING

  The workshop will be held in the Eagle Room of Building 943 at the NASA Ames Research Center. All drivers must present current U.S. identification, e.g., U.S. driver's license, NASA badge, or U.S. military ID at the Main Gate.

Foreign nationals without U.S. identification must contact the local organizing chair (Jennifer Heldmann, jennifer.l.heldmann@nasa.gov) as soon as possible for additional badging instructions.

Lodging is available either onsite at the NASA Ames Lodge or in nearby hotels.

For information regarding the NASA Ames Lodge, please visit http://naccenter.arc.nasa.gov/lodging.html.

For information regarding nearby hotels, please visit http://naccenter.arc.nasa.gov/hotels.html.

 

   
 

  CONTACT INFORMATION

  For further information regarding scientific objectives and logistics, contact

    JENNIFER HELDMANN
    NASA Ames Research Center
    Phone: 650-604-5530
    E-mail: jennifer.l.heldmann@nasa.gov

 

SCHEDULE
February 15, 2008 Preregistration deadline
February 29, 2008Lunar Crater Observation and
Sensing Satellite (LCROSS)
Astronomer Workshop


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