The Lunar Sample Subcommittee of CAPTEM consists of seven voting members. The Chair and two or more Subcommittee members are members of CAPTEM.
The Lunar Sample Subcommittee provides peer review of:
The Lunar Sample Subcommittee provides technical assessments of:
Allocation Review Process
Investigators submit requests in the form of a letter to the Curator. The Checklist on the Curator’s website http://curator.jsc.nasa.gov/lunar/sampreq/checklist.cfm recommends that requests contain the following items.
The Curator forwards requests to the Subcommittee, along with information about sample availability. The Subcommittee Chair assigns each request to a Subcommittee member familiar with the analytical techniques described in the request. That member then acts as chief reviewer for the request by summarizing the masses and sample numbers of the requested samples, the nature of the scientific goals that the request addresses, the analytical techniques that will be applied to the samples, and how the specific samples requested and analytical techniques to be used address the scientific goals. Questions that the Subcommittee typically considers are as follows. Are lunar samples actually needed to address the scientific goals? Are the specific samples requested the best samples to address the goals? Is the mass of sample requested justified and reasonable? Will approval of the request deplete the mass of requested sample to an unacceptable level? Does the requestor have a demonstrated capability of being able to do the analysis or experiments proposed? The Subcommittee discusses and makes findings on the merit of the request. Pass with modifications usually involves denying certain requested samples, allocating a smaller mass of material than requested, or allocating a different or better sample than that requested. If there is insufficient information upon which to judge the request, the Subcommittee may request additional information. Feedback will be provided in cases of low intrinsic merit. The chief reviewer then prepares a Lunar Sample Allocation Review form on the Subcommittee’s findings. The findings of the Subcommittee are transmitted to the Curator.
The Subcommittee does not normally provide peer review for requests to allocate samples of thin sections for petrographic study or for pristine samples less than 1 g in mass and returned samples <10 g in mass for ongoing previously approved projects; the Apollo Sample Curator reviews such requests and is empowered to provide a “Curatorial Allocation” as documented in KT/Astromaterials Curatorial Policy Memo #40. If the Curator desires to have such a request reviewed, however, then the Subcommittee reviews the request using the normal procedure.