Lunar and Planetary Institute

Final Announcement — September 2007


Lunar and Planetary Institute,
National Aeronautics and
   Space Administration,
Lunar Exploration Analysis Group

Clive Neal,
   University of Notre Dame
Steve Mackwell,
   Lunar and Planetary Institute


Clive Neal,
   University of Notre Dame
Charles Shearer,
   University of New Mexico
Jeff Taylor,
   University of Hawaii
Michael Wargo,
   NASA Headquarters
Kelly Snook,
   NASA Headquarters
Michelle Gates,
   NASA Headquarters
Steve Mackwell,
   Lunar and Planetary Institute
Jerry Sanders,
   NASA Johnson Space Center
Paul Eckert,


  The Workshop on Enabling Exploration: The Lunar Outpost and Beyond will be held October 1–5, 2007, at the Hilton Houston Hobby Airport Hotel, 8181 Airport Boulevard, Houston, Texas, 77061, 713-645-3000.


 October 1–5, 2007
 Houston, Texas


  The purpose of this workshop is to bring together academic, governmental, and private sector interests to discuss progress in lunar exploration, share ideas and information, and form collaborations. It will be an opportunity to integrate diverse interests in lunar exploration to reduce risk and cost of establishing a permanent presence on the Moon through novel and innovative ideas, technologies, and partnerships.

The primary objective of the workshop is to define pathways to offset the costs and risks of achieving the next era of space exploration.

The results of the meeting, especially the panel discussions, will identify exploration enablers (technology, ideas, partnerships, etc.) that will be presented in a report to NASA and the broader community.





  The five-day workshop will consist of invited oral presentations and contributed poster presentations.

The first day of the meeting (Monday, October 1) will be dedicated to updating the community on NASA activities and to presenting summaries of relevant workshops that have aided the shaping of the lunar exploration program.

On Tuesday through Thursday (October 2–4), the workshop will be divided into morning and afternoon topic-specific sessions relevant to lunar exploration. Each session will comprise invited talks followed by an open panel discussion. All sessions will address one overarching question:

How can risk/cost be reduced through cooperation and partnerships in technological developments and demonstrations?
The Friday afternoon session (October 5) will be devoted to session summaries and discussions, which will help provide text for the final report.

The session summaries, along with the abstracts, list of organizers, and participants, will be included in a final report to be published on the LEAG website.

The workshop will adjourn at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 5.





Oral sessions are scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with lunch to be available on site. For more information, see the preliminary agenda.

Audio-visual equipment available for oral presentations will include one LCD projector and one PC laptop. Speakers should carefully read the instructions for electronic presentations.




  Poster sessions will be scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday evenings, October 3 and 4. Posters may be installed on Tuesday morning and will be left on display through noon on Friday, October 5, at which time they must be removed. Authors must be present at their scheduled session to discuss their poster.

Each poster will have a space 44" × 44" (1.1 m × 1.1 m) for display. Posters will be displayed on free-standing panels that are 4' × 8' (122 cm × 244 cm) (inside frame). Two presenters will share one side of one panel, so it is important that displays do not exceed the size limits. Due to space limitations, tables, computers, video equipment, etc., cannot be accommodated as a part of a poster display.




  Onsite registration will be held on Sunday evening, September 30, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the foyer of the Southwest Grand Ballroom. A welcome reception featuring hors d'oeuvres and assorted beverages will follow from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Participants are encouraged to check in on Sunday night to avoid the Monday morning rush before the first session begins.

The workshop registration fee is $220.00 for both professionals and students. A $50.00 late fee will be levied after September 10, 2007.

The registration fee will include continental breakfast, morning and afternoon breaks, three receptions with beer and wine, and a program and abstract volume.

A buffet lunch consisting of assorted salads, two hot entrees, vegetable and starch, fresh breads, assorted desserts, and coffee and tea will be available at the hotel at a cost of $20.00 per person per day. Lunch tickets should be purchased in advance using the registration form.

Note:  While there are nearby restaurants offering other lunch options, participants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the lunch buffet because of the tight program schedule and short amount of time available for a lunch break.

Participants registering by credit card must use the electronic registration form; those registering using any other method of payment must use the downloadable registration form.

Requests for cancellation with a fee refund (less a $25.00 processing fee) will only be accepted through September 17, 2007.

NOTE: Those who fail to attend and do not notify the LPI Publications and Program Services Department prior to the September 17 deadline will forfeit their full fee.





  The Hobby Hilton is holding a block of 100 guest rooms at the government rate of $95.00 plus applicable tax (17%), single or double occupancy. (Note:  If the government rate changes on October 1, the hotel will charge the new rate.) You must present tax-exemption forms at check-in if you qualify. Rooms are available with either two double beds or one king-sized bed. There is no charge for additional guests, up to a maximum of four guests per room. This rate is also available for the three days prior to the start of the workshop, and two days following the workshop.

To qualify for the reduced rate, reservations MUST be made by September 16.

**Note!** After September 16, any unsold rooms will be released back to the hotel inventory, and guests who register after that date will charged according to available rates.**

Room Reservations: Reservations can be made through Hilton's Reservation Website. If you use this link, you should automatically get the reduced rate. Reservations may also be made by calling the hotel directly at 713-645-3000 Monday–Friday, or by calling Hilton Central Reservations at 800-445-8667. PLEASE REFERENCE "LEAG 2007" WHEN MAKING RESERVATIONS.

Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Each guest will be required to provide valid photo identification at check-in (driver's license, state-issued identification, or passport). Check-out time is 12:00 noon. Early check-in and late check-out are based on a "space-available" basis. Luggage storage is available for early arrivals and late departures.

Self-parking is complimentary.

Recently renovated, the hotel offers 300 guest rooms, each furnished with Suite Dreams by Serta® bedding, down-filled comforter, Touch of Down pillows, and 300-count sheets and duvet cover; 32-inch flat-screen television with remote control; overstuffed chair with ottoman; coffee maker; hair dryer; and iron and ironing board.

In addition, each guest room has a large work desk with an ergonomic chair and task lighting, two multi-line telephones, MP3 radio alarm clock, and complimentary Wi-Fi access.

The Hobby Hilton offers a variety of dining menus in two restaurants located within the hotel. The Plaza Cafe offers casual dining from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with breakfast and lunch buffets in addition to an a la carte menu. The Boardwalk Restaurant, open from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., offers fine dining featuring fresh Gulf seafood and Black Angus beef, complemented by the perfect wine or cocktail. Room service is available from 6:00 a.m. to midnight.

For relaxation with a cocktail, specialty beer, or glass of wine, the Sundance Lounge is open from 4:00 p.m. to midnight. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres are served Monday through Friday.





  The hotel is located less than one-half mile from the William P. Hobby Airport, which is served by five scheduled passenger airlines.

The Hobby Hilton offers 24-hour complimentary shuttle service from Hobby Airport to the hotel.

The distance from the hotel to George Bush International Airport is approximately 25 miles.

From I-45, take Exit 36, College Avenue/Airport Boulevard. The Hobby Hilton is located approximately 2 miles west of I-45 on Airport Boulevard, opposite the William P. Hobby Airport (refer to directions, map, and airport information).





  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 NASA Advisory Council.

The Executive Committee of LEAG forms the organizing committee of this meeting. It includes representatives from science, ISRU, exploration systems, and business. The committee will help write the syntheses of the discussions.





  For further information regarding workshop format and scientific objectives, contact

    University of Notre Dame
    Phone: 574-631-8328

    Lunar and Planetary Institute
    Phone: 281-486-2180

For further information regarding workshop logistics and announcements, contact

    Lunar and Planetary Institute
    Phone: 281-486-2143

For further information regarding workshop registration, contact

    Lunar and Planetary Institute
    Phone: 281-486-2142


September 10, 2007Deadline for registration at reduced rate
September 16, 2007Deadline for hotel reservations at reduced rate
October 1–5, 2007Workshop on Enabling Exploration: The Lunar Outpost and Beyond

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