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NASA to Host Space Weather, Lunar Exploration Symposia at National Science Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco Feb. 15-19
Steve Roy
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

News release: 07-018

NASA will lead some of the nation's foremost scientific minds in discussion this weekend on the subjects of violent solar weather and ambitious lunar exploration -- a pair of cornerstone symposia at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, to be held Feb. 15-19 in San Francisco.

"Space Weather and Its Impact on Society"

On Friday, Feb. 16, NASA will host a 90-minute symposium, "Space Weather and Its Impact on Society," from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m. in Ballroom 3 at the Renaissance Parc 55 hotel in downtown San Francisco.

Solar storms stream constantly through near-Earth space, posing a potential threat to observation and communications satellites, power distribution systems, and the health of Americans living and working in space -- and even here on Earth. The "Space Weather" symposium will provide participants with a forum to address long-term government policies and assess the increasing risks associated with deployment of new, space-based technologies and America's increased dependence on satellite communications and other at-risk space hardware.

The panel is organized by Dr. James F. Spann, manager of the Science and Exploration Research Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.; and by Dr. David Hathaway, a leading NASA solar physicist at the National Space Science and Technology Center in Huntsville.

Spann will moderate the session, which will include presentations by Dr. Thomas Bogdan, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Environment Center in Boulder, Colo.; Dr. Daniel Baker, professor of astrophysical and planetary science at the University of Colorado in Boulder; Dr. Louis Lanzerotti, distinguished research professor of physics of the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark; and Dr. Janet Luhmann, a senior space fellow and physicist in the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley.

"Destination Moon: Scientific Discovery and Exploration"

On Saturday, Feb. 17, NASA will host a three-hour panel titled "Destination Moon: Scientific Discovery and Exploration," beginning at 2 p.m. in Continental Ballroom 6 at the Hilton San Francisco.

As NASA and America prepare to return to the Moon -- not just for a brief visit but to establish a permanent presence from which to explore the solar system -- the science community is preparing for unprecedented opportunities to study Earth's nearest neighbor. Discussion will include a review of the Apollo-era moon missions, the rationale for returning and the search for new resources, as well as hardware and infrastructure requirements associated with setting up permanent lunar habitats and conducting long-range exploration missions across the surface.

The panel is organized by Dr. Melissa McGrath, chief scientist for the Science and Mission Systems Office at the Marshall Center; Dr. John M. Davis, manager of the Space Science Office at Marshall; and Dr. Paul Spudis, planet geology and remote sensing researcher at the Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md.

The symposium, moderated by McGrath, will include presentations by Spudis; former Apollo astronaut Dr. Harrison "Jack" Schmitt of the University of Wisconsin in Madison; Dr. Simon P. Worden, director of NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.; Dr. Wendell W. Mendell, manager of the Office for Human Exploration Science at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston; and Dr. G. Jeffrey Taylor, planetary geoscientist at the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology in Honolulu.

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