Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package Data Recovery

Chairs: Seiichi Nagihara

The Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP) experiments on the Moon’s surface returned a wide variety of scientific data that is essential to further exploration and characterization of the lunar surface. This focus group has found data that are being brought to light for the first time in 4 decades, and which will greatly enhance the scientific archives for all lunar scientists.

Dust, Atmosphere, and Plasma (DAP)

Chairs: Mihaly Horanyi and William Farrell

Understanding the dust and plasma environment on and near the surface of the Moon will allow us to better define requirements for surface operations, dust mitigation and radiation protection.

South Pole-Aitken Basin

Chair: Noah Petro

The South Pole-Aitken (SPA) Basin is the largest known impact basin in the Solar System. With a diameter of 2500 km, SPA provides great scientific potential for extracting native lunar mantle material and determining bulk lunar composition.

Bombardment History of the Solar System

Chair: William Bottke

The Moon’s surface has recorded and preserved the impact history of the inner Solar System since the Moon’s formation. Studies of the impact record on planetary bodies can give valuable insights into the ultimate evolution of the Solar System.

Space Commerce

Chair: Bruce Pittman

Continued exploration and scientific research produces emerging markets and new opportunities to expand human commerce to the Moon. Efforts spawned from the Google Lunar X-Prize offer significant new opportunities for the lunar science community.


Chair: Dana Hurley

Payloads and Instrumentation

Chair: Pamela Clark

SSERVI Science Teams

Inspiration Room

NLSI Inspiration Room

Did you know?

There are two high tides and two low tides every day on every ocean beach on Earth, because of the moon's pull.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Workshop on Regolith in Permanently Shadowed Regions

    December 3 @ 8:00 am PST - 2:00 pm PST
  2. Science and Exploration of Phobos and Deimos – Phobos as an Exploration Destination and Base for Mars Exploration; M. Gernhardt

    December 7 @ 12:00 pm PST - 1:30 pm PST
  3. AGU Fall Meeting 2015

    December 14 - December 18
  4. 2016 NASA Human Research Program Investigators’ Workshop

    February 8, 2016 @ 8:00 am PST - February 11, 2016 @ 5:00 pm PST
  5. Microsymposium 57: Polar Volatiles on the Moon and Mercury

    March 19, 2016 - March 20, 2016