Cape Canaveral Lunar Declaration
31 October 2008

10th ILEWG Conference on Exploration and Utilization of the Moon (ICEUM10)

ILEWG logoApproximately 200 International Lunar Explorers gathered at the 10th ILEWG Conference on Exploration and Utilization of the Moon (ICEUM10) co-sponsored by the International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG), NASA Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG), Space Resources Roundtable (SRR), and the Lunar and Planetary Institute, from 27 to 31 October, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA. The conference engaged scientists, engineers, industry, and organizations in the review of recent activities and the coordinated preparation of the next steps on the Moon.

The Japanese Kaguya and Chinese Chang’e-1 celebrated one year in lunar orbit, and have delivered a wealth of science data, discoveries and exploration findings. The SMART-1 team presented the latest data on polar peaks relevant for future landers and bases. The Indian ISRO Chandrayaan-1 mission (carrying six international instruments) has just been launched on 22 October toward the Moon. The NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) impactor are scheduled for joint launch in spring 2009. The participants appreciated the steady progress in technology development within the NASA Constellation program.

NASA, national space agencies representatives, and ESA gave the latest report on their current lunar science and exploration activities and plans. International Young Lunar Explorers met before the conference at Florida Institute of Technology to brainstorm, present their ideas, and conduct hands-on lunar projects.  Afterwards, they joined veteran explorers at the Cape Canaveral lunar conference.

The four-day conference included various sessions:

The participants addressed these themes further during a very interactive poster session, debates, and collaborative discussions.

The participants were charged by LEAG, ILEWG, and SRR to address key questions:

The participants summarized their findings and recommend:

We recommend that, as requested by space agencies and lunar exploration stakeholders, ILEWG expert task groups should further advance their work in the areas of:

These recommendations follow the legacy of previous ILEWG declarations, recommendations, publications, action plan, and roadmap.

We, the participants in the ILEWG/LEAG/SRR 2008 conference, reaffirm our commitment to international lunar exploration, from the analysis and integration of current lunar orbiter data to the development of lunar landers and rovers, the build up of a global robotic village, and the preparation for human settlements and international lunar bases.

Cape Canaveral, 31 October 2008