The Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) is pleased to announce the 7th annual NASA Exploration Science Forum. Due to the COVID-19 situation, this year’s NESF will be an all-virtual meeting.

The NESF will feature exploration science research on the Moon, near-Earth asteroids and the moons of Mars. Participants will learn about recent mission results and in-depth analyses of science and exploration studies that are helping return humans to the Moon via the Artemis program. A dedicated side conference for students and young professionals ( will be held virtually the week preceding the Forum on July 1st and 2nd, 2020. This year, due to not meeting in person, the SSERVI Focus Groups will not meet during the week of the NESF and are instead scheduling separate virtual meetings.

This meeting is open to the planetary science, human exploration, astrophysics and heliophysics communities, as well as others involved in the science of human exploration. Please register here. NASA Civil Servants and Contractors must also register in NCTS (#41490-20, and Civil Servants should submit a zero-cost SATERN request (SF-182).

Also this year, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will be giving a talk on the Artemis program. We all look forward to his insights on this major new direction for NASA. The 2020 program also includes 66 selected oral talks, and includes sessions featuring other senior NASA leaders and leaders in the community. Virtual poster sessions will feature over 100 ePosters with collaborative technology enabling active community engagement and online participation.

We thank our Science Organizing Committee, co-chaired by Rachel Klima, Tobin Munsat and David Rapetti, for their hard work in putting the program together.

NCTS# 41490-20