The NASA Lunar Science Institute is pleased to announce the 5th annual NASA Lunar Science Forum, to be held July 17-19, 2012. This year's forum will feature sessions on in-depth scientific results from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), Acceleration Reconnection Turbulence and Electrodynamics of the Moon's Interaction with the Sun (ARTEMIS), Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) and the Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) satellites, a dedicated side-conference for graduate students and young lunar professionals, as well as the annual Shoemaker Award ceremony and associated keynote lecture. This year's Shoemaker Award winner is Dr. S. Ross Taylor in recognition of his significant scientific accomplishments and contributions to the lunar field. As in past years, science sessions are structured to report on both recent results and future opportunities for lunar science, exploration, education and outreach.
The conference will review the state of knowledge, and opportunities for science:
Of the Moon: Investigating the composition, structure and history of the Moon as each relates to the evolution of the Earth, Moon and Solar System.
On the Moon: Investigating the effects of lunar material and the environment on terrestrial life and robotic equipment.
From the Moon: Exploring science that is uniquely enabled by being on or near the Moon, including celestial and Earth observations.
Presentations on elements of education and public outreach are included to better understand how lunar exploration can be used to stimulate public interest in space exploration and improve science literacy.