— October 2005 —


G. Jeffrey Taylor (Chair, Lunar Exploration Analysis Group and President, Space Resources Roundtable, Inc.),
University of Hawai'i at Manoa;
Stephen Mackwell,
Lunar and Planetary Institute;
James Garvin,
NASA Chief Scientist

Lunar and Planetary Institute;
National Aeronautics and Space Administration;
Space Resources Roundtable, Inc.;
NASA Lunar Exploration Analysis Group

Ariel Anbar, Arizona State University;
Chip Shearer, University of New Mexico;
David McKay, NASA Johnson Space Center;
Paul Spudis, Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory;
Terri Lomax, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters;
Tony Ricco, Stanford University;
Pete Worden, University of Arizona;
Roger Angel, University of Arizona;
Eugenia Wang, University of Louisville;
David Beatty, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

ISRU (including economics):
Jerry Sanders, NASA Johnson Space Center;
Mike Duke, Colorado School of Mines;
Ed McCullough, Boeing, Inc.;
Larry Taylor, University of Tennessee;
Leslie Gertsch, University of Missouri at Rolla;
Alex Ignatiev, University of Houston

Mike Wargo, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters;
Chris Culbert, NASA Johnson Space Center;
Dean Eppler, NASA Johnson Space Center

Rick Tumlinson, Space Frontier Foundation;
Paul Eckert, Boeing, Inc.;
Charles O'Dale, Senomix Software, Inc.
Dallas Bienhoff, Boeing, Inc.


  The purpose of this conference is to bring together scientists, engineers, and business people to help mold the lunar exploration program into a coherent, integrated, exciting, and productive venture. It will be an opportunity for experts from diverse fields to share ideas and form collaborations.

  The Space Resources Roundtable VII will be held October 25–28, 2005, at the South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center, 2500 South Shore Boulevard, League City, Texas 77573 (phone: 281-334-1000 or 800-442-5005).

  Sessions have been organized by central topics in lunar exploration (see Session Titles below). Each session includes a keynote talk and a small number of contributed talks. Numerous contributions will be presented as posters.

The three-and-a-half-day workshop will consist of seven sessions. Morning sessions are scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m., and afternoon sessions are scheduled from 1:30 until 5:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided on site in Salons A, B, and C from noon to 1:30 p.m. Presentations will be in plenary format on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 25 and 26, and on Friday morning, October 28.

A demonstration of the modern spacesuit will be featured at lunch on Wednesday, October 26.

On Thursday, October 27, there will be a joint meeting with the Lunar Commerce Executive Roundtable, with a plenary discussion from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., and breakout discussion groups scheduled to follow. An appropriate member of the community represented by the topic, assisted by a note-taker, will lead the breakout sessions. Each breakout group will consider a single topic, with focus given by the discussion leader and a prepared list of key discussion topics and questions. Each group will report to the plenary about their major conclusions. These reports will form the basis for a written version of the findings of the discussions.

The reports, along with the abstracts and list of organizers and participants, will be included in a hardcopy volume to be published by LPI.

A poster session with refreshments is scheduled for Wednesday evening, October 26. A joint reception with the Lunar Commerce Executive Roundtable, scheduled for Thursday evening, will provide an opportunity for additional poster viewing.

The conference will adjourn at noon on Friday, October 28. Lunch will NOT be served on Friday.

For more information, see the preliminary program.

Invited oral presentations have been assigned various time allotments (details are included in the preliminary program). Contributed oral presentations have been scheduled to allow 15 minutes for speaking.

Audio-visual equipment available for oral presentations will include one LCD projector and one overhead projector. NOTE: A 35-mm carousel slide projector will NOT be available.

See the instructions for electronic presentations.

Authors must be present to discuss their poster in the scheduled sessions on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, October 26 and 27. Poster presentations may be installed on Tuesday morning and may remain up through noon on Friday, October 28.

Each poster display space is 44" × 44". Two presenters will share one side of one panel, so it is important that displays are confined to the 44" × 44" limit. Posters must be designed to be attached to the panel with pushpins. Due to space limitations, computer demonstrations, VCR players, or tables with handout materials cannot be accommodated as a part of a poster display.


  • NASA Plans for Return to the Moon
  • Lunar Science
  • Biomedicine and Biology
  • What Role Should the Moon Play in the Future of Astrophysics?
  • ISRU and Its Contribution to Space Exploration
  • Exploration Techniques
  • Lunar Commerce
  • What's Next for the SRR and LEAG?
  • From the Moon to Mars and Beyond

  The organizing committee includes representatives from science, ISRU, exploration systems, and business. It formed the core group that organized the sessions, defined discussion topics for the breakout sessions, and identified speakers, discussion leaders, and scribes. The committee will help write the syntheses of the discussions.

The conference registration fee is now $220.00 for professionals and $120.00 for students (this includes the $20 late fee, which went into effect after September 30). The registration fee covers conference services, including morning and afternoon breaks, three lunches, two receptions, and a program and abstract volume. Participants registering by credit card may use the electronic registration form; those registering using any other method of payment should use the downloadable registration form. Requests for cancellation with a fee refund (less a $10.00 processing fee) will only be accepted through October 18, 2005.

NOTE: Those who fail to attend and do not notify the LPI Publications and Program Services Department prior to the October 18 deadline will forfeit their full fee.

  A limited number of guest rooms are available at the conference hotel. South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center is an award-winning hotel on the shores of Clear Lake (phone: 281-334-1000; fax: 281-334-1157), approximately a 20-minute drive from the LPI. The LPI has negotiated with the hotel to offer standard rooms for $99.00 (single occupancy) and $109.00 (double occupancy) per night plus 12% tax. To qualify for these rates, you must identify yourself as a participant at the Space Resources Roundtable.

Based upon availability, the special room rate will apply two days before and two days after the conference dates.

The conference hotel is now full. Please check with one of the other hotels in the area for room availability.

  Galveston Limousine Service provides continuous shuttle service from both George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Hobby Aiport. The fare for EITHER airport is $50.00 round trip per person or $30.00 one way, per person. Reservations for Galveston Limousine may be made via their Web site at or by calling 1-800-640- 4826. (When making reservations, please identify yourself as an LPI meeting participant, as South Shore Harbour is not on Galveston Limousine's normal route.)

Clear Lake Shuttle (281-334-3873), located in the lobby of South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center, provides shuttle service five times a day to or from Hobby Airport for $20.00 (one way, $10.00 per additional person, 24-hour advance reservations required); and to or from George Bush Intercontinental Airport for $85.00 (one way, $10.00 per additional person, 24-hour advance reservations required).

  The Space Resources Roundtable, Inc., is a not-for-profit private organization devoted to the development of space resources for the benefit of people on Earth. The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) was created to foster lunar and planetary science and the exploration of the solar system. The Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG) is a community-based interdisciplinary forum that analyzes scientific, engineering, technology, and operational issues associated with lunar exploration to support the Vision for Space Exploration; it reports its findings and analyses to the Science Mission Directorate, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, and the NASA Chief Scientist.

  For more information about the workshop scientific program, contact

University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Phone:  808-956-3899
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Phone:  281-486-2180

For more information about workshop logistics, contact

Lunar and Planetary Institute
Phone:  281-486-2143
Fax:  281-486-2125


October 7, 2005Deadline for hotel reservation at reduced rate
October 18, 2005Deadline for cancellations with fee refunds (less administrative fee)
October 25–28, 2005 Space Resources Roundtable VII: LEAG Conference on Lunar Exploration


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