NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute
Exploration Science Forum

July 21-23, 2014
(Formerly the Lunar Science Forum)
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      The Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) is pleased to announce the 1st annual NASA Exploration Science Forum (ESF), to be held in person July 21-23, 2014 at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. This year's forum will feature scientific discussions of exploration targets of interest (the Moon, near-Earth asteroids, and the moons of Mars).

Attendance by the entire community is encouraged, and based on submitted abstracts, sessions will be organized to address topics of primary interest. For example, the 2013 forum included sessions on: current Missions, human exploration including dust/regolith, Geology (Mineralogy & Petrology) & Volatiles, Geology (Age Dating) & Exospheres, Geology (Impacts) & Astro and Heliophysics, Geology & Geophysics, and Future Prospects.

Science sessions will focus on recent mission results and in-depth analyses of science and exploration studies. Dedicated side-conferences for graduate students and young professionals (a graduate student conference and Next Generation Lunar Scientists and Engineers, NGLSE) will coincide with the ESF. Public engagement discussions will be interwoven among science topics as well.

Abstracts are no longer being accepted to the Forum

The 2014 Shoemaker (science), Wargo (exploration & Science), and Niebur (early career) awards will be announced at the forum. Nominee's for 2015 awards can be submitted at:

Additionally, a one-day meeting discussing science and exploration in the Global Exploration Roadmap (GER) will immediately follow the ESF, where the scientific community is welcome to attend. Click here for more information on the GER Meeting.

GER Meeting Information

Poster Presenters:

The space available for poster displays is 48” x 48”. The poster area will be open during all normal meeting hours, so authors may install their poster anytime after 8:00 a.m. on July 21. Posters should be removed by noon on the last day of the meeting. Authors are required to be at their posters during at least one poster session (sign up sheets will be provided at check-in). Poster authors are also encouraged to bring several press-ready copies of their abstract for the media.

2014 Science Organizing Committee




Special Sessions:

Human Enabled Science for the Global Exploration Roadmap
The International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) published the Global Exploration Roadmap in 2013.
The Roadmap identifies three Mission Themes that might be pursued with a human crew:

  • Exploration of a Near-Earth Asteroid
  • Extended Duration Crew Missions
  • Humans to the Lunar Surface

While the Roadmap identifies several high level goals for each of the themes, the detailed science that might be conducted has not been fully explored. This session seeks to discuss the science objectives and accompanying operations that might be pursued under any one of the Themes.

If you submit an abstract, check the "Human Exploration" box on the SSERVI web site.
The Roadmap can be downloaded at:

Global Exploration Roadmap:

On the Thursday following the SSERVI Exploration Science Forum at NASA Ames Research (Thursday, July 24), there will be a special session devoted to understanding the potential science that can be accomplished by humans at the various destinations outlined in the Global Exploration Roadmap.

NASA wants your input!

The special session on the Global Exploration Roadmap (GER) will enable discussion between the NASA human space exploration planning team and solar system exploration scientists. NASA is requesting science community input and feedback on a proposed International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) white paper on relevant GER science. Please consider attending this special session to help develop potential science opportunities enabled by human missions.

Stakeholder Engagement on the Global Exploration Roadmap Focus on Science

Thursday July 24, 2014 in the Main Room of Building 152

8:30 am – Overview (Roland Martinez/Kathey Laurini)
9:30 am – Humans in Cis-Lunar Space (Kathey Laurini)
10:45 am – Humans on the Lunar Surface (Clive Neal)
12:00 pm – Lunch Break
1:30 pm – Small Bodies/Phobos/Deimos (Dan Britt)
2:30 pm – Lunar Polar Volatiles (Kathey Laurini)
4:00 pm – Wrap up and Conclusions (Kathey Laurini/Greg Schmidt)

Please use the following form to register for the 2014 Forum