Cathy Weselby
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Doris Daou
NASA Lunar Science Institute, Moffett Field, Calif.

July 13, 2011
RELEASE : M11-52
NASA Ames to Host Conference with Lunar Luminaries
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. – Lunar researchers from all over the world have been invited to the fourth annual Lunar Science Forum July 18-21 at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Hosted by the NASA Lunar Science Institute, the forum focuses on science of the moon, on the moon and from the moon, and features scientists from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) and the Acceleration, Reconnection, Turbulence and Electrodynamics of the Moon's Interaction with the Sun (ARTEMIS) missions.

The forum also will host the pre-forum debut of the Braille book, “Getting a Feel for Lunar Craters,” which will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. PDT on Monday, July 18. Author David Hurd, a space science professor at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and students from the California School for the Blind, Fremont, Calif., are scheduled to attend the event.

Additionally, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, the Shoemaker medal for lifetime contributions to lunar science will be awarded at NASA night. The medal commemorates the life and work of Gene Shoemaker, one of the founders of the field of planetary science and a lunar science pioneer. “We look forward to another outstanding program and delight in revealing the Shoemaker medal recipient, someone who is truly one of our communities’ most distinguished researchers,” said Yvonne Pendleton, director of NASA's Lunar Science Institute.

News media planning to attend must contact Cathy Weselby at 650-604-4789 or before 5 p.m. on July 18 for credentials.

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