PS2.8

Lunar science and exploration
Convener: B.H. Foing 
Oral Programme
 / Thu, 23 Apr, 13:30–19:00  / Room 11
Poster Programme
 / Attendance Fri, 24 Apr, 17:30–19:00  / Halls X/Y
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The EGU PS2.8 session "Lunar Science and Exploration" will address:
- Recent lunar results: geochemistry, geophysics in the context of open planetary science and exploration
- Synthesis of results from SMART-1, Kaguya, Chang-E1
- First results from Chandrayaan-1
- Breaking news from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and LCROSS impactor
- Goals and Status of missions under preparation:
GRAIL, Ladee, Artemis, LEO, Luna Glob, ESMO, Google Lunar X Prize, UK MoonLite and future landers
- Precursor missions, instruments and investigations for landers, rovers, sample return, and human lunar sorties
- The future international lunar exploration programme towards a global robotic village and permanent lunar base

Lunar science is having a renaissance with new and exciting missions being developed by China, Japan, India, the US, Russia and Europe, and with the possibility of human return to the Moon around 2020.

The session will include invited and contributed talks as well as a pannel discussion and interactive posters with short oral introduction.