Focus Groups

Focus Groups

Tuesday, July 23 - 12:00PM

Solar System Bombardment (joint with South Pole-Aitken Basin) - Building 152, Room 105/106

Chair: Bill Bottke, Noah Petro

The Moon’s surface has recorded and preserved the impact history of the inner Solar System since the Moon’s formation. Studies of asteroid populations and the impact record on the Moon can give valuable insights into the ultimate evolution of the Solar System.

South Pole-Aitken Basin (joint with Solar System Bombardment) - Building 152, Room 105/106

Chair: Bill Bottke, Noah Petro

The South Pole-Aitken (SPA) Basin is the largest known impact basin in the Solar System. With a diameter of 2500 km, SPA provides great scientific potential for extracting native lunar mantle material and determining bulk lunar composition. This Focus Group will discuss potential landing sites for a future MoonRise mission.

Volatiles - Building 152, Room 117

Chair: Parvathy Prem

Volatiles are becoming increasingly important to both the scientific and exploration communities. Discussions on volatile sources, states, abundances, mobility and distribution as they pertain to ISRU and accessibility will be the primary focus of this group.

Commerce - Building 152, Room 103/104

Chair: Bruce Pittman

Space resources are becoming a key topic for discussion for both scientific discovery and future space exploration. This session will focus on the potential for lunar commerce. A highlight will be a review of NASA’s Frontier Development Lab Lunar Resources Team with leading AI companies to create high-fidelity lunar resource maps from existing data sources.

Thursday, July 25 - 11:45AM

Dust, Atmosphere, and Plasma - Building 152, Room 105/106

Chairs: Addie Dove, Jan Deca

Understanding the dust and plasma environment on and near the surface of airless bodies will allow us to better define requirements for surface operations, dust mitigation and radiation protection.

Field Analogs - Building 152, Room 117

Chairs: Jennifer Heldmann, Tim Glotch, Darlene Lim

Terrestrial analog field studies offer the unique opportunity to prepare for robotic and human planetary missions. Analogs provide the opportunity to conduct studies and tests related to science, mission operations, and technology in a relevant environment at relatively low cost and risk. The SSERVI Analogs Focus Group aims to bring together members of the community to discuss and review various aspects of fieldwork including, but not limited to, field sites, deployment logistics, field instrumentation, concepts of operations, software and hardware testing, etc.

Lunch for Focus Groups

Focus groups will be held Tuesday and Thursday during the NESF lunch breaks. There will not be time to get food away from the Forum for lunch if you want to participate in the focus group meeting.

You may order all needed lunch through the following link:

Lunch orders are due Tuesday, July 17 at 11:59pm! You will not be able to order lunch for Tuesday & Thursday after this day.