Consortium for the Advanced Analysis of Apollo Samples (CAAAS)

The overall intent of CAAAS and the ANGSA consortium is to link the first generation of explorers (Apollo) with future explorers (Artemis) through multi-generational science and preliminary examination teams.  The science goals for CAAAS is  to examine the Apollo 17 double drive tube core to (1) reconstruct the lunar volatile record, (2) define the triggers and dynamics for lunar landslides, and (3) examine the efficiency of collecting and processing volatile-bearing lunar samples during Program Apollo and implications for exploring and sampling lunar volatile reservoirs/resources during Program Artemis activities. Volatile components and their distribution in the Apollo 17 core will be identified from the nano-scale to planetary-scale. These observation will provide a fundamental understanding the nature and types of near-surface lunar volatiles, and where and how volatiles are trapped in  these reservoirs. Defining the stratigraphy of the first lunar landslide deposit samples and dynamically modeling these events will allow us to address what lunar processes trigger such events (e.g., impact events, movement along faults), what are the conditions of a landslide event, what is the role of  volatiles in such a process. Finally, examining the volatile record in the two portions of the double drive tube and the sealing capabilities of the Core Sample Vacuum Container will enable us to carry out engineering designs for future sampling protocols and  containment of volatile- bearing samples for future lunar surface activities. This team consists of scientists and engineers from the University of New Mexico, Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt, Johnson Space Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Lunar and Planetary Institute (USRA), European Space Agency, University of Notre Dame, Washington University St. Louis, Penn State University, Purdue University, University of California Riverside, University of Hawaii, University of Virginia, University of Maryland, University of Manchester (UK), Open University (UK), University College London (UK).

Contact Information: Charles Shearer, cshearer@unm.edu

University of New Mexico

Chip Shearer

Chip Shearer (CAAAS PI; ANGSA
Co-lead)

Harrison Schmitt

Harrison Schmitt (sub-award PI)

Steve Simon

Steve Simon

Zachry Sharp

Zachry Sharp

James Papike

James Papike

Karen Ziegler

Karen Ziegler

Adrian Brearley

Adrian Brearley

Michael Cato

Michael Cato

Tony Gargano

Tony Gargano

European Space Agency

Dayl Martin

Dayl Martin

Fran McDonald

Fran McDonald

Advenit Makaya

Advenit Makaya

Phillip Hager

Phillip Hager

Alexandre Meurisse

Alexandre Meurisse

David Binns

David Binns

Matthias Maurer

Matthias Maurer

Elliot Sefton-Nash

Elliot Sefton-Nash

Aidan Cowley

Aidan Cowley

Goddard Space Flight Center

Noah Petro

Noah Petro

 

 

Johnson Space Center

Lindsay Keller

Lindsay Keller
Institutional PI

Roy Christoffersen

Roy Christoffersen

Simon Clemett

Simon Clemett

Richard Morris

Richard Morris

Justin Simon

Justin Simon

Kathie Thomas-Keprta

Kathie Thomas-Keprta

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Lawrence Livermore group photo

University College London

Thomas Mitchell

Thomas Mitchell

Giulia Magnarini

Giulia Magnarini

Peter Grinrod

Peter Grinrod

University of Manchester

Isotope Cosmochemistry Research Group

Katherine Joy

Katherine Joy (Institutional PI)

Rhian Jones

Rhian Jones

Romain Tartese

Romain Tartese

University of Notre Dame Team

Clive Neal

Clive Neal (sub-award PI)

Jessika Valenciano

Jessika Valenciano
(Ph.D. Graduate Student)

Open University

Mahesh Anand

Mahesh Anand (Institutional PI)

Washington University in St. Louis

Brad Jolliff

Brad Jolliff
Institutional PI

Alex Bradley

Alex Bradley

Kun Wang

Kun Wang

Rita Parai

Rita Parai

Alex Meshik

Alex Meshik

Olga Pravdivtseva

Olga Pravdivtseva

University of Virginia

Kathy Dukes

Kathy Dukes

Kamil Stelmack

Kamil Stelmack

Grace Minesinger

Grace Minesinger

Grant Killian

Grant Killian