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LPI’s Cosmic Exploration Speaker Series
April 17, 2008 @ 12:00 am
To the Moon! Its Science, Mysteries, and Future Settlements
This free public presentation on April 17 is part of the Cosmic Exploration Speaker Series at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), as it continues its 40th anniversary celebrations. Planetary scientist Dr. Jeff Taylor offers scientific insight into the Moon and its unexplored mysteries, and describes why scientists and explorers want to return to Earth’s neighbor.
Taylor is widely recognized in the planetary science community for his research on the Moon, and has served on and chaired many NASA committees on missions to the Moon and Mars. Taylor’s research has focused on using Apollo samples and data collected by numerous spacecraft missions to understand the general composition of the Moon’s surface and interior and how its geology compares with Earth’s. His studies have improved our understanding of how our Moon and the planets formed and changed. His research encompasses planning future human and robotic exploration of the Moon and use of resources found there.
“The Moon is the eighth continent,” Taylor says. “Its settlement will enable us to use all the space near the Earth and Moon, for both science and commerce.” He notes that the Moon contains vital evidence about planet formation, melting, and early impact bombardment of the inner solar system. “Settling the Moon will allow us to decipher that complex record.”
LPI’s Cosmic Exploration presentation begins at 7:30 p.m., and will be followed by a light reception. No reservation is necessary. All inquisitive adults are welcome. LPI is located in the USRA building at 3600 Bay Area Boulevard in the Clear Lake region of Houston; the entrance is located on Middlebrook Drive. The Lunar and Planetary Institute is part of the Universities Space Research Association (USRA).
For further information about the Cosmic Exploration Speaker Series, please contact Christine Shupla at 281-486-2135 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit www.lpi.usra.edu/education/lectures.
The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) is a nonprofit organization whose focus is on academic participation in studies of the current state, evolution, and formation of the solar system. LPI is operated by USRA and funded through the Science Mission Directorate of NASA. For more information, visit the LPI's website at www.lpi.usra.edu.