Lunar and Planetary Institute

Public Lecture on Thursday, December 5

November 14, 2019

Public lecture by Dr. Juliane Gross

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) invites inquisitive adults interested in current topics in space science and exploration to join us for the second presentation in the 2019–2020 Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series given by Dr. Juliane Gross, “No Bugs, No Cheese: Sample Studies Since Apollo.” The presentation will be held on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, TX.

The Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series features some of the hottest topics in our solar system and beyond with the scientists who are making the discoveries. Gross is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Rutgers University. She is currently on a temporary assignment from Rutgers through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act as the Deputy Curator for Apollo Samples at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

The 2019–2020 series, “Apollo to Artemis: Exploring Our Moon”, will explore how humanity’s relationship with the Moon fundamentally changed on July 20, 1969. Over 50 years of sample analysis and spacecraft observations have shown that the Moon is a unique planetary body in its own right. We now stand poised to return astronauts to the lunar surface. How did we prepare for the Moon 50 years ago? How has our view of the Moon changed in 50 years? Can the lessons of 50 years ago prepare us for the challenges of tomorrow?

For those who are unable to attend, the presentation will be streamed live through the USRA Ustream channel. Recordings of past presentations are available on LPI’s YouTube channel.

2019–2020 Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series

October 3, 2019
Dr. Grant Heiken, former member of the Lunar Sample Preliminary Examination Team
Lunar Dirt, Rocks, and Legacy: The Lunar Receiving Laboratory’s First Five Years

December 5, 2019
Dr. Juliane Gross, Rutgers University
No Bugs, No Cheese: Sample Studies Since Apollo

Date TBD
Returning to the Moon: Is Apollo still relevant?

Date TBD
The (Not So) Missing Link: Recent Lunar Exploration

Date TBD
Moon Trek: The Next Generation

For more information, visit:
Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series
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