Former Lunar Exploration Interns Receive COSPAR Award

October 15, 2014


A paper written by a team of former Lunar Exploration Interns was selected for the prestigious COSPAR Outstanding Paper Award for Young Scientists. The award was presented during the 40th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, which was held in Moscow in August.

The paper, "Identification and Characterization and Science-Rich Landing Sites for Lunar Lander Missions Using Integrated Remote Sensing Observations," was co-authored by a group of students who spent the summer of 2010 at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston as part of the Lunar Exploration Summer Intern Program.

The lead author of the article is former intern Jessica Flahaut (Laboratoire de Géologie de Lyon); co-authors include former interns Jean-Francois Blanchette-Guertin (University of British Columbia), Christine Jilly (University of Hawai'i at Manoa), Priyanka Sharma (University of Arizona), and Audrey Souchon (Université de Toulouse III), along with advisor David Kring (LPI).

The COSPAR Publications Committee, relying on assistance and advice from Associate Editors and Commission/Panel officers, recommend recipients for the award to the Bureau. Candidates must be first authors under 31 years of age at the time the manuscript is submitted for publication in Advances in Space Research, and award recipients are selected from among a minimum of five competitors per Commission/Panel.

A virtual issue containing all the articles selected for the award has been made available for free viewing through December on the Elsevier website.

The Lunar Exploration Summer Intern Program (now the Exploration Science Summer Intern Program) is supported by funding from the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the NASA Lunar Science Institute (now the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute).

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Last updated October 15, 2014