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RECENT RESEARCH ABOUT THE MOON FEATURES AT ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY'S LONDON MEETING ON OCTOBER 8T

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 May 2010 12:19
Published on Friday, 25 February 2005 00:00

Recent results about the Moon, and prospects for new initiatives, future research and exploration of our nearest neighbour in space will be the subject of a one-day discussion meeting in London as part of the Royal Astronomical Society's regular monthly programme.

Media representatives are welcome to attend. The meeting is in the Lecture Theatre of the Geological Society in Burlington House, Piccadilly, London. Most speakers are expected to be available for interview during the lunch break, immediately after the meeting, or by prior arrangement. (On the day of the meeting, please use Jacqueline Mitton's mobile phone number, 0370 386133.)

An outline of the programme, summaries and contact details for speakers (where available) are given below.

THE NEW MOON

Discussion meeting at the

GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY LECTURE THEATRE BURLINGTON HOUSE, PICCADILLY, LONDON W1

FRIDAY 8th OCTOBER 1999

Organised by

Dr Sarah Dunkin (University College London, phone 0171 504 2577, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

and

Dr Manuel Grande (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, phone: 01235 446501, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

10.00 Registration (no fee)/Coffee

10.30 Introduction by Dr Manuel Grande

10.35 Prof. Lionel Wilson (University of Lancaster, phone: 01524 593889, secretary 01524 594200, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

"Changing views of the origin and evolution of the Moon - a 30-year perspective"

Despite the passage of 30 years, interpretation of the data collected by the Apollo and Luna missions is continuing, and we still await a complete picture of the evolution of the Moon's interior. Combining lunar data with information on asteroids obtained via meteorites helps our understanding.

11.00 Vera Fernandes (Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Manchester, phone: 0161 275 3941, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

"Lunar samples and their contribution to lunar geology"

This talk will review current ideas about the Moon's origin, its geological history, volcanism and cratering. It will include the implication of recent work done on Apollo 14 'green glass' samples for the composition of the lunar mantle and the dating of lunar rock and lunar meteorites.

11.15 Dr Ian Franchi (The Open University, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

"Nitrogen in lunar soils - further progress on solving the mysteries"

11.35 Dr Urs Mall (Max Planck Institut für Aeronomie, Lindau, Germany)

"Pickup Ion Spectroscopy, a probe for the lunar surface"

11.55 Dr Chris Owen (Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London, Phone: 01483 274111)

"Solar wind interaction with the Moon

12.15 Sandra Jeffers (Armagh Observatory, phone: 028 3752 2928, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

"Comparing lunar crater and small near-Earth asteroid size distributions"

12.30 Dr Sarah Dunkin (University College London, phone: 0171 504 2577, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

"New views of the Moon Lunar Initiative: A report from the second workshop"

There is currently an initiative to bring together specialists on lunar samples and lunar remote sensing scientists so each can understand the others' work more fully. This talk will report on a recent workshop and invite UK scientists to participate in a major Lunar Initiative publication.

12.45 - 13.25 Lunch break

13.45 David Heather (University College London, phone: 0171 504 2577, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

"The Clementine Mission & Results"

A review of the primary results so far obtained through analysis of the data returned by the Clementine spacecraft. The mission provided the first global datasets of the Moon, including multispectral, topographic, crustal thickness, and gravity information. It also carried the radar that first hinted of the presence of water at the lunar poles.

14.00 Dr Sylvestre Maurice (Observatoire Midi-Pyrenees, Toulouse, France)

"Water and geology: New results from Lunar Prospector"

14.25 Dr Bernard Foing (ESTEC, The Netherlands, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

"The ESA SMART-1 Mission to the Moon"

14.50 Dr Manuel Grande (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, phone: 01235 446501, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

"D-CIXS, and X-ray spectrometer for the SMART-1 mission"

This UK-led instrument is likely to be included in the payload of ESA's prospective lunar mission SMART-1.

15.10 Prof. Carl Murray (Queen Mary and Westfield College London, phone: 0171 975-5456, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

"Cassini's flyby of the Moon: latest results"

This talk will cover the recent lunar flyby of the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn, the reasons for acquiring the calibration images (138 in total) and the on-going work that Queen Mary and Westfield College is doing on software for the Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS) calibration. When calibration is complete, the lunar images are expected to yield useful lunar science. Forthcoming Cassini activities (i.e. hopefully a distant flyby of an asteroid in January 2000 and the Jupiter flyby in December 2000) will also be mentioned.

15.30 End of meeting


Issued by:

Dr Jacqueline Mitton, RAS Press Officer
Office & home phone: Cambridge ((0)1223) 564914
FAX: Cambridge ((0)1223) 572892
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