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The twelfth Luna Philosophie will feature Brian Day, Educational Technology Technical Lead at NASA Ames Research Center.

He will discuss the current mission to the moon to find water and what it means for building an antarctic station there for people to occupy long-term.


In 2009, NASA will return to the Moon with the combined launch of two robotic probes, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS). These robotic missions are precursors to the planned establishment of a human outpost on the Moon. The LCROSS mission will use the Centaur upper stage of the launch vehicle as a kinetic impactor in the search for possible deposits of water ice that might occur in permanently-shadowed craters near the lunar pole. Come hear a detailed overview of the LCROSS mission!

Some topics to discuss include:
- What is the range of uses for possible water ice resources?
- How do we deal with cultural concerns about a lunar impact mission?
- How do we best deal with misconceptions about a lunar impact mission?
- How could the innovative LCROSS spacecraft design be adapted to other missions?
- Where does lunar exploration go from here?

WHEN: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

6:00 - 6:30 PM Socializing
6:30 - 7:00 PM Presentation by Brian Day
7:00 - 7:30 PM Discussion
7:30 - 8:00 PM Socializing

WHO: All are welcome!

For more information on Luna Philosophie, visit:

please RSVP to [email protected], snacks and drinks will be served but space is limited.

Added by Shanley on August 29, 2008



The event will also be livestreamed at http://ustream.tv/channel/lp1 between 6:30ish-8pm.