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NASA Exploration Science Forum

Date: 23-25 July 2019

Location: NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, US, 94035-0001

The Solar System Exploration Research Institute (SSERVI) is pleased to announce the 6th annual NASA Exploration Science Forum (ESF), to be held in person JULY 23-25, 2019 at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA.  This year's Forum will feature scientific discussions of human exploration targets of interest (the Moon, near-Earth asteroids, and the moons of Mars).  Science sessions will focus on recent mission results and in-depth analyses of science and exploration studies.  Dedicated side-conferences for graduate students and young professionals will coincide with the ESF.  Public engagement discussions will be interwoven among science topics as well. 


This year is particularly important as it marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.  On the afternoon of July 24, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 splashdown, SSERVI will bus interested Forum attendees to the USS Hornet, the US aircraft carrier that recovered the Apollo 11 crew and capsule after splashdown, for a special program.  All Forum attendees are welcome to join.  Please indicate your interest on the registration page if you would like to attend this exciting Apollo 11 50th anniversary event! 


Abstracts are currently open and will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. PDT April 23, 2019 at


Foreign national participants MUST register at the above url by June 14, 2019.  US citizens may register until July 18, 2019. 


SSERVI Award Nominations

NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) is soliciting nominations for the following SSERVI Awards: Shoemaker Award (lifetime career achievement award in lunar and planetary sciences), the Wargo Award (scientist or engineer who has focused on integrating science and exploration throughout their career), the Coradini Mid-Career Award (researcher for significant, lasting accomplishments related to exploration science), and the Niebur Award (early career award for significant contributions to exploration science).  Nominees from previous years will automatically be carried forward to the upcoming year.  Further descriptions of each award and the nomination form may be found at


Thank you in advance for your nominations and recognition of those who have contributed so substantially to our field!  We do accept nominations year-round, but to be considered for the 2018 awards, please provide your nominations by March 31, 2019. 

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