2019 Annual Meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG)

2019 Annual Meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group

The 2019 annual meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG) was held at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC, on October 28–30. Approximately 300 people from commercial, academic, research, and government institutions registered from both national and international entities.

The 2019 meeting brought together members of the lunar science and exploration community to discuss, organize, and prioritize lunar science goals in preparation for the Decadal Survey and to offer input into NASA’s plans for Project Artemis. The meeting was scheduled for 2.5 days, with Day 1 dedicated to the upcoming Planetary Science decadal survey and Days 2 and 3 dedicated to Project Artemis. All three days held significant community discussion components in the form of breakout groups and extended discussion periods.

Day 1 began with invited overview talks of the Planetary Decadal survey process, the outcomes of the previous 2011 Decadal survey, and the tentative plans for the upcoming survey. This was followed by several hours of discussion in five breakout groups: Solar Systems (formation and evolution), Planetary Formation (interior evolution and processes), Planetary Geology (surface processes), Habitability (how to become habitable and sustained), and Resources and Hazards. Groups reconvened to present their goals and potential white paper topics, and the day closed with a poster session focusing on mission concepts.

Day 2 predominantly consisted of invited talks and panel discussions. Representatives from NASA provided overviews of different aspects of Project Artemis as well as updates on lunar-specific programs and missions. Findings from the recent ISRU workshop were also presented. The afternoon held a panel discussion of international partners and two panels featuring Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) providers. The day ended with a poster session focused on ISRU and instrumentation concepts, and was held in conjunction with a networking session with the CLPS providers.

Day 3 was a half-day that focused on moving forward as a community with Project Artemis, the Lunar Exploration Roadmap, and how the two entities fit together. This was accomplished through invited talks and a panel discussion.

The 2019 LEAG annual meeting findings will be released to the community soon. To view the program, poster abstracts, and recordings of most of the oral presentations, please visit the meeting website at https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/leag2019/. Recordings can be accessed via the program.