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NESC Lunar Dust Workshop
NASA AMES Research Center
January 30 – February 1, 2007

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Dear Colleagues,

The NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) will be sponsoring a Lunar Dust Workshop on January 30 – February 1, 2007 at the NASA Ames Research Center. The focus of this 3-day workshop will be on effects of lunar dust for crewed and robotic missions to the moon, as well as possible mitigation procedures and technologies to protect astronauts and vehicles.

Lunar dust has been recognized as a significant challenge to prolonged human presence on the moon. While there have been a number of independent efforts to address the concern of lunar dust, this workshop will provide a venue for all to discuss their findings.

The specific goals of this workshop include:
  • To bring together the diverse group of individuals currently studying lunar dust issues with the designers and operators of hardware that will operate in the lunar environment.
  • To gain consensus on the major engineering, scientific, and medical issues relating to lunar dust, along with the priority of resolving these issues.
  • To begin developing a strategy for mitigation of the most critical issues, including timelines and measurable criteria for success.
The format for this workshop will include summary presentations, working group sessions, and continuous poster presentations. The workshop will be limited to approximately 150 invited attendees. Individuals interested in attending this workshop should contact Michael Sims at Further announcements with additional details will follow.

Daniel Winterhalter
Chief Scientist, NASA Engineering and Safety Center

Workshop Agendas
+ NESC Lunar Dust Workshop Agenda
+ ECLSS/EVA Splinter Group Discussion Structure

Agendas for splinter sessions:
     + Life Support Systems
     + Mechanical Systems
     + Basic Research
     + Medical/Health

Note for Poster Session: the poster boards will support posters up to 40x60 inches. Poster boards will be provided with pushpins. No tape is allowed with the poster boards.

Posters can be shipped to:
     Attention: Arelene Spencer for Lunar Dust Workshop
     NASA Ames Research Center
     Mail Stop 207-1, Bldg. 207, Rm. 105
     Moffett Field, CA 94035-1000

Reference Documentation (TBD)

Security Process
Participants attending the Lunar Dust Workshop must either show their NASA Badge or another form of identification at the front gate (e.g. drivers license) at Ames Research Center. If needed, personnel working at the front gate can provide assistance with directions to the Ames Conference Center.

+ List of hotels near Mountain View, CA

Location of the Workshop
Ames Conference Center (Bldg. 3) at Ames Research Center + See Map
For more information regarding directions, maps, etc, check their URL:

Refreshments and food provided during the Lunar Dust Workshop will cost each person $5 per day and will be collected during the workshop. The refreshments include:
    - Mornings at 7:30 a.m.: Continental breakfast, regular and decaf coffee
    - Afternoons at 2:30 p.m.: Snacks such as cookies or brownies, regular and decaf coffee