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NASA Ames Hosts Exploration Science Forum, July 18-20, 2017 | NASA

NASA Ames Hosts Exploration Science Forum, July 18-20, 2017 | NASA

SSERVI Forum 2017_2

NASA Ames Hosts 

Exploration Science Forum, 

Recognizes Scientists, 

July 18-20

NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, or SSERVI, will hold its annual Exploration Science Forum July 18-20, 2017 at the NASA Ames Conference Center at Moffett Field, California. The forum, which coincides with the 48th anniversary of Apollo 11’s return flight to Earth, will feature scientific discussions about exploration targets of interest such as the moon, near-Earth asteroids and the moons of Mars. Participants will learn about recent mission results and in-depth analyses of science and exploration studies. Dedicated side conferences for students and young professionals, along with public engagement discussions, will be interwoven among science topics.
As a tribute to the late Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan, a special panel focused on the importance of the Apollo missions then and now will be held on July 18. Special guest astronaut Harrison Schmitt, who joined Cernan on the moon during the Apollo 17 mission, will be in attendance to honor Cernan, who passed away this year. On July 19, a panel discussion will focus on the detection and formation pathways of water on the moon. Alan Stern, principal investigator of the New Horizons mission, will give a keynote address July 20, about NASA’s historic mission to the Pluto system and the Kuiper Belt.
This year, SSERVI will present four prestigious awards to the following winners:
  • Maria Zuber will receive the Eugene Shoemaker Distinguished Scientist Medal for significant contributions over the course of her scientific career.
  • Lawrence Taylor will receive the Michael J. Wargo Exploration Science Award for excellence in joining together exploration and scientific endeavors.
  • Adrienne Dove and Samuel Lawrence will receive the Susan Mahan Neibur Award for significant achievement and promise in early career research.
  • Angioletta Coradini, posthumously, will receive the new Angioletta Coradini Mid-Career Award, for broad, lasting accomplishments related to SSERVI fields of interest. The award will be accepted by her brother Marcello Coradini.
Nominated by their academic peers, the winners were selected by Yvonne Pendleton, director of SSERVI and will be formally recognized at the forum for their outstanding achievements in exploration science.
The SSERVI central office is located at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. It is funded by the agency’s Science Mission Directorate, or SMD, and Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, and manages national and international collaborative partnerships designed to advance science and exploration.
Following the Exploration Science Forum, a community workshop entitled “Autonomy on Future SMD Missions,” co-sponsored by SSERVI and Ames, will be held on July 21 to discuss new mission concepts that would be enabled by advanced autonomy and robotic systems. Registration for the forum and autonomy workshop is free and open until July 7, 2017.
For more information about the event, its agenda and the awards to be presented, visit the Exploration Science Forum website:
Media contact: Kimberly Minafra, NASA's Ames Research Center
Last Updated: July 7, 2017
Editor: Kimberly Williams

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