Lunar Science and Exploration
Center for Lunar Science and Exploration

Field Training and Research Program
in the San Francisco Volcanic Field

Program Description

The Field Training and Research Program in the San Francisco Volcanic Field, near Flagstaff, Arizona, is a week-long field class and research project in and around the sites used by the instructor to train astronauts and used by NASA for lunar mission simulations. The goal of the field camp will be to introduce students to basaltic volcanism and physical volcanology in a bimodal volcanic field with a stratovolcano. The program will provide students with an opportunity to assist with a research project in the volcanic field. Skills developed during field camp should better prepare students for their own thesis studies of volcanic provinces on Earth, the Moon, Mars, or any other Solar System planetary surface where basaltic volcanism has occurred. This field camp is being organized under the auspices of the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, which is designed, in part, to train a new generation of explorers for the Moon and beyond. The next edition of this field course will be September 23 – 30, 2023.

Students are responsible for transportation to Flagstaff, AZ. Transportation will be provided from Flagstaff to the team’s campsite. Additional logistical details will be provided to selected participants.