2018 Annual Meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group

LEAG 2018

The 2018 Annual Meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG) was held November 14 and 15 at the Universities Space Research Association Headquarters in Columbia, Maryland. With almost 300 attendees, this was the most highly attended LEAG meeting in history. The meeting opened with the presentation of the Bernard Ray Hawke Next Lunar Generation Career Development Awards, sponsored by SSERVI, as well as a moving tribute to legendary LPI planetary scientist Dr. Paul Spudis. Featuring a major format change from previous LEAG meetings to spur discussion and community participation, the 2018 LEAG meeting consisted of a robust set of discussions regarding the next steps on the Moon, a forum for new lunar mission concepts to prepare for the next planetary decadal survey, an overview of missions that could leverage the unique lunar environment for new astrophysical observations, building bridges between the lunar science and commercial communities, and a community discussion regarding the goals of the next Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) extended mission and the types of support that LRO can provide to human and robotic exploration.

The population that attended LEAG2018 included a diverse set of participants:  commercial entities, engineers (civil, aerospace, mining), policymakers, and scientists from a broad variety of disciplines (astronomy, astrophysics, biology, physics, planetary science, geology, economic geology, and materials science, to name just a few). The clear excitement about the long-overdue return of the Moon to the forefront of United States exploration planning permeated the meeting.

For more information, including links to the program and presentations, visit the meeting website at https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/leag2018/.

— Text provided by Samuel Lawrence