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Charles Shearer
University of New Mexico

Jeffrey Plescia
The John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Clive Neal
University of Notre Dame

Stephen Mackwell
Lunar and Planetary Institute


Charles Shearer
University of New Mexico

Jeffrey Plescia
The John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Clive Neal
University of Notre Dame

Michael Wargo
NASA Headquarters

Stephen Mackwell
Lunar and Planetary Institute

Dallas Bienhoff
The Boeing Corporation

Noah Petro
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Kurt Sacksteder
NASA Glenn Research Center

Greg Schmidt
NASA Lunar Science Institute/NASA Ames Research Center

George Tahu
NASA Headquarters

Final Announcement — September 2012

Meeting Location and Date

The 2012 Annual Meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group will be held October 22–24, 2012, at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

NOTE: Participants should first check in at the appropriate location to obtain their badges when arriving at Goddard. U.S. citizens should report to the Visitor's Center, and foreign nationals should report to the security office in Building 9, located at the main gate.

For details about these locations, refer to the NASA Goddard Campus Map provided.

Purpose and Scope

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 17 mission and the end of the Apollo program to the Moon. The focus of this meeting will be a discussion of the ongoing contributions of the Apollo program to solar system exploration and options and opportunities for the next decade of lunar science and exploration. This meeting will include presentations and discussions on science objectives, robotic and human exploration strategies and technologies, critical required technology development commercial opportunities, education and outreach, and the Moon as a necessary stepping stone to the rest of the solar system.

Workshop Format

The three-day meeting will promote lunar community discourse through both invited and contributed oral presentations and lively panel discussions. As in previous years, these sessions will be a blend of science, exploration, resource utilization, and commercial activities.

The detailed program and abstracts are now available. To find out when a particular presentation has been scheduled, refer to the author index provided.

Workshop Product

The major product of this meeting will be a reinvigoration of the integrated exploration plan for the Moon in the coming decade, with strong community engagement and sense of purpose. A summary report will be prepared as a record of community input that will be available on the LEAG website and will be sent to the requisite NASA mission directorates. This input will be incorporated into the Lunar Exploration Roadmap and presented in a white paper to NASA and the broader space community.

Information for Presenters

Oral Presentations —

A PC and Mac laptop, LCD projector, and speaker remote will be available for oral presentations during the scientific sessions. In order to facilitate a smooth transition between speakers, all presentations will be preloaded and tested in advance. To aid the preloading process, create a folder on your flash drive/CD called “LEAG 2012” and place your PowerPoint presentation in that folder. Please include your last name in the naming of your presentation file. An IT technician will be available each morning from 7:45 to 8:15 a.m. and each afternoon from 12:45 to 1:15 p.m. to assist in loading your talk.

Presenters are discouraged from using their own laptops. Any additional time needed to set up your laptop will be deducted from your allotted presentation time.

Hardware and Software Specifications —

The plenary room will be equipped with the following minimum hardware and software:

PC Hardware

PC Software



Lenovo ThinkPad T420
Core i5 2520M / 2.5 GHz
Memory: 4GB RAM
Video: 1024 x 768

Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
Microsoft Office 2010 (including PowerPoint 2010)
Internet Explorer 8
Windows Media Player 12
QuickTime 7.7.2



Mac Hardware Mac Software
MacBookPro 15", running
OS 10.6.4
Office 2008 for Mac, Adobe Reader 10, with 4 Gb memory, 2.66 GHz Intel Core I 7

Poster Presentations —

All posters will be available for viewing throughout the meeting. A dedicated poster session will be held on Monday, October 22, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Poster presenters should be at their posters during that time to be available for discussion.

Poster Setup:   

Monday, October 22, 8:00 a.m. to noon

Poster Removal:   

Wednesday, October 24, 8:00 a.m. to noon

Poster Size:   

44" x 44" (110 cm x 110 cm)

Materials Provided:  



There will be no registration fee for this meeting. However, because of the badging requirements at NASA Goddard, ALL participants must register in advance. There will be no onsite registration.

Deadline for foreign nationals:  August 24, 2012 ** CLOSED
Deadline for U.S. citizens:  September 7, 2012 ** CLOSED

To register:  LEAG 2012 Registration Form


To avoid a delay with check-in, please ensure that you have all necessary documentation prior to arriving at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). Please keep track of the visitor’s badge issued to you. If it is lost or misplaced, you will have to complete the badge check-in procedure again, before being allowed back onto the GSFC Campus. Once your badge has been issued, you will be allowed to access campus through any gate.

U.S. Citizens/Naturalized Citizens/Legal Permanent Residents (Green Card Holders) —

You will have to produce two forms of valid ID. Green card holders MUST bring their “green card.” If you have specific questions pertaining to your proof of identification, please do not hesitate to contact Claudia Quintana.

Foreign Nationals —

All non-U.S. citizens are classified as foreign nationals. All foreign national badge processing will occur at the Security Office (Building 9) located at the Main Gate, 8800 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, Maryland. Your passport and visa documents must be presented as proof of identification. If you are not traveling on a visa, you MUST bring a copy of the confirmation page of your ESTA visa waiver.

To obtain an ESTA Visa Waiver, visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).


Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations. Room blocks have been set aside at the hotels listed below. All rooms include a continental breakfast, shuttle service to and from the meeting venue on the days of the meeting, and complimentary in room Wi-Fi. Reservations can be made through the link provided or by calling the hotel directly and mentioning the reservation code and the meeting name (“LEAG 2012”).

You are encouraged to make your reservations early. The room rates will only be guaranteed through October 1, 2012. After this date, the room rate may increase, and space may no longer be available. Check-in time at all three properties listed is 3:00 p.m.; check-out is 12:00 p.m.

Courtyard Marriott
6301 Golden Triangle Drive
Greenbelt MD 20770
Phone:  301.441.3311
Nightly Room Rate $149 (Reference code: M-JAKHDV)
Driving Directions from Hotel to NASA Goddard

Holiday Inn
7200 Hanover Drive
Greenbelt MD 20770
Phone:  301.982.7000
Nightly Room Rate $129 (Reference code: LEA)
Driving Directions from Hotel to NASA Goddard

Sheraton Washington North
4095 Powder Mill Road
Beltsville MD 20705
Phone:  301.937.4422
Nightly Room Rate $159 (Reference code: USRA LEAG)
Driving Directions from Hotel to NASA Goddard


NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is physically located at 8800 Greenbelt Rd., Greenbelt MD 20771. The Goddard Visitor Center is located off ICESat Road (formerly Soil Conservation Road). Once on ICESat Road, turn left into the Visitor Center prior to the security checkpoint. For a map and detailed driving directions from the area airports and other points of interest, refer to www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/visitor/directions/.

The hotels listed above will provide shuttle service to and from the meeting venue. For details, refer to the shuttle schedule provided.


For more information about the scientific program, contact

Charles Shearer
University of New Mexico
Phone:  505-277-9159
E-mail:  [email protected]

Noah Petro (for onsite information)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Phone:  301.614.6498
E-mail:  [email protected]

For more information about logistics or announcements, contact

Gail Pacetti
USRA–Lunar and Planetary Institute
Phone:  281-244-2016
Fax:  281-486-2125
E-mail:  [email protected]

For more information about registration, contact

Linda Tanner
USRA–Lunar and Planetary Institute
Phone:  281-486-2142
Fax:  281-486-2125
E-mail:  [email protected]


October 1, 2012

Cutoff for hotel reservations at group rate

October 22–24, 2012 Annual Meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group, Greenbelt, Maryland