European Planetary Science Congress 2018
16–21 September 2018
TU Berlin | Berlin | Germany


Science and Innovation for the Moon Village and beyond (co-organized)
Convener: Bernard Foing  | Co-conveners: Chrysa Avdellidou , Germaine Van der Sanden , Christiane Heinicke 
Oral programme
 / Tue, 18 Sep, 14:00–18:00  / Room Venus
 / Fri, 21 Sep, 14:00–15:45  / Room Mercury
Poster programme
 / Attendance Tue, 18 Sep, 18:15–20:00  / Display Tue, 18 Sep, 08:00–20:00  / Poster area

The EPSC session "Science & Innovation for the Moon Village and beyond" will address:
- Recent lunar results: geochemistry, geophysics in the context of open planetary science and exploration
- Synthesis of results from SMART-1, Kaguya, Chang’e 1, 2 and 3, Chandrayaan-1, LCROSS, LADEE, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and, Artemis and GRAIL
- Goals and Status of missions under preparation: orbiters, Luna-Glob, Google Lunar X Prize, Luna Resurs polar lander, SLIM, Chandrayaan2, Chang'E 4 & 5, Lunar Resource Prospector, Future landers, Lunar sample return missions
- Precursor missions, instruments and investigations for landers, rovers, sample return, and human cis-lunar activities and human lunar surface sorties
- Preparation for International Lunar Decade: databases, instruments, missions, terrestrial field campaigns, support studies
- ILEWG and Global Exploration roadmaps towards a global robotic/human Moon village
- Strategic Knowledge Gaps, and key science Goals relevant to Lunar Global Exploration
- The Moon Village is an open concept proposed by ESA DG with the goal of a sustainable human and robotic presence on the lunar surface as an ensemble where multiple users can carry out multiple activities.
- Multiple goals of the Moon Village include planetary science, life sciences, astronomy, fundamental research, resources utilisation, human spaceflight, peaceful cooperation, economical development, inspiration, training and capacity building.
- The practical question of how a laboratory on the Moon should be equipped to be useful for a variety of disciplines, including geology, biology, and chemistry (ub-session initially proposed as LSE7).
- How can the Moon Village serve as a stepping stone for exploration of Mars and planetary bodies even further away? Scientists are invited to discuss the opportunities that are becoming available in the next few decades.
- We shall also discuss the historical, societal, humanistic aspects of lunar exploration (sub-session proposed initially as LSE8)

Lunar science and exploration are developing further with new and exciting missions being developed by China, the US, Japan, India, Russia, Korea and Europe, and with new stakeholders. On a longer timescale, the Moon may be an important testbed for the exploration of Mars and beyond.

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