Meeting Announcement — June 2007


National Aeronautics and
   Space Administration,
Lunar and Planetary Institute

Geoffrey Yoder (ESMD),
   OSEWG Co-Chair
Kelly Snook (SMD),
   OSEWG Co-Chair


Clive Neal (LEAG Chair)
Charles Shearer (CAPTEM Chair)
Wendell Mendell (Constellation Chief Scientist)
David Beaty (MEPAG)
Dean Eppler (Constellation)
Stephen Mackwell (Lunar and Planetary Institute)
John Gruener (Johnson Space Center)


  The first joint OSEWG/LEAG Workshop on Architecture Issues Associated with Sampling (using humans and robots on the Moon and Mars) will be held June 25–26, 2007, at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI). A curatorial facilities tour at the Johnson Space Center will be held on June 27. The LPI is housed in the Center for Advanced Space Studies, 3600 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston TX 77058.


  June 25–26, 2007
Facilities Tour:
 June 27, 2007
  Houston, Texas


  The Outpost Science and Exploration Working Group (OSEWG) and the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG) are working closely with members of CAPTEM, MEPAG, VEXAG, and others to make this workshop relevant and useful to a wide range of planning activities going on across the agency. We are looking for a healthy balance of scientists, engineers, and operations experts, especially those with field sampling experience. Contributions from the private sector are welcome.

The product of this meeting will be the identification of engineering and mission architecture issues associated with each step of sample science, including samples associated with ISRU. The report will be produced as an LPI publication, and will be available electronically on this website. The report is intended to be a living document that will be updated with input from future workshops on the topic or other relevant studies by groups such as CAPTEM, LEAG, MEPAG, and others.





  The working meeting portion of the workshop will be held from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, June 25 and 26. A tour of the curation facilities at the Johnson Space Center will take place on Wednesday, June 27.

The final agenda is now available.

This workshop will be open to all, but seating is limited. There will not be a registration fee, but registration IS required and seating will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. For those unable to attend in person, please consider joining via telecon or webex.

Topics for this workshop will include:

  • Lunar and Mars Architecture Reviews (Constellation, LAT, MAWG)
  • APOLLO J Mission Sample Handling (review)
  • Sample Handling Issues (CAPTEM/Lofgren)
  • Traverse Planning (navigation, data requirements, field crew vs. ground team planning, crew time optimization, habitation workspace requirements, tele-operations and robotic assistance)
  • Sample and Data Acquisition (navigation, sampling strategies, sample preservation, in situ measurements vs. sample collection, mass, power, and volume estimates)
  • Documentation (sample documenting automation: RF tagging or barcoding, video/camera and audio requirements, real-time vs. post documentation, time-stamping, real-time GIS capabilities in suit and/or rover)
  • Sample Screening (concepts for optimizing mass returned, space and crew time requirements, robotic assistance, data requirements, rock garden/sample shed concepts, optimizing crew/ground interactions, autonomous high-grading of samples)
  • Laboratory Analysis (minimum lab requirements: volume, functionality, sample preservation, glove box limitations, etc., capabilities vs. mission duration, lab science vs. EVA science optimizing crew presence)
  • Sample Return (preserving sample integrity, mass/power/volume of returned sample masses, reports from recent studies)
  • Curation (sample integrity, new technologies, unknowns)



  There will be no registration fee, but because seating at the workshop is limited, participants MUST preregister using the electronic registration form provided. Available seating will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and the registration form will be disabled once the workshop has been fully subscribed.

Those who wish to participate via telecon or WebEx must still register in advance. After completing the registration form, and indicating that you plan to participate via telecon, you will be sent a WebEx invitation that includes the information you will need to access the conference electronically.




  On Wednesday, June 27, we will tour the curatorial facilities at the Johnson Space Center. This tour is available to U.S. citizens only. If you plan to attend, you must check the appropriate box on the electronic registration form.




  Participants are responsible for making their hotel reservations. For your convenience, a list of local hotels and a map showing their location in relationship to the LPI are provided.

Parking at the LPI is limited. A shuttle will be operated throughout the workshop to take participants from a park-and-ride location at the University of Houston-Clear Lake to the Institute. The park-and-ride map shows the location of this parking lot. Please arrange with your colleagues to carpool from the local hotels to avoid the need to use the "spill-over" parking and shuttle service available from the nearby university parking lot.





  For further information regarding workshop format and scientific objectives, contact

    Science Missions Directorate, NASA Headquarters
    Phone: 202-358-2302

For further information regarding workshop logistics and announcements, contact

    Lunar and Planetary Institute
    Phone: 281-486-2164


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