Status Report

Lunar Surface Science Workshop: Space Biology Session

By SpaceRef Editor
November 23, 2020
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The series of Lunar Surface Science Workshop (LSSW) short, focused virtual sessions will continue to solicit input from the community on the potential for new scientific research that could be enabled by human exploration near the lunar south pole. In addition, we want to identify and help to close knowledge gaps associated with crew activities and safety.


Separate LSSW-focused sessions will be held for space biology, physical sciences, and fundamental physics. The space biology session is scheduled for January 20–21, 2021. The physical sciences session is targeted for April 2021 and the fundamental physics session for May 2021, although these sessions may be combined based on the number of abstracts received.


LSSW Virtual Session:  Space Biology

January 20–21, 2021


This LSSW virtual session will inform the space biology community about lunar surface science programmatic activities in NASA and solicit input from the community on the potential for new scientific research that could be enabled by Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) and human exploration on the Moon and the technologies needed to conduct the research investigations.


The first day will offer presentations by agency representatives and selected abstract submissions. The second day will consist of breakout sessions for deeper discussions and identification of specific lunar surface science topics and technologies for guiding Biological and Physical Science Division (BPS) Space Biology lunar research activities, objectives, and priorities.


Call for Abstracts


Abstract Deadline for LSSW Space Biology Session — December 15, 2020, 5:00 p.m. U.S. Central Standard Time (GMT -6)


Science research abstracts must include rationale and justification for why the lunar surface is required and cannot be accomplished using Earth-based analogs or low-Earth orbital platforms.


·         No late abstract submissions will be accepted, regardless of the reason.

·         Abstracts sent by e-mail will not be considered.

·         Abstracts are limited 2,500 characters including spaces. Enter abstract text (ASCII characters only) into the abstract submission form’s summary field.


If you need to revise your abstract (prior to the deadline only), return to the abstract submission portion of the meeting portal and click on the “Update” link that appears next to the title of the abstract you submitted.




Registration fees are not being collected for the LSSW virtual sessions, but registration is required. To continue receiving e-mail updates about the January 20–21, 2021 Space Biology Session, including virtual login information, complete the electronic registration form. Registration will close on January 18, 2021.


During the week of the virtual session, registered attendees will receive an e-mail from Houston Meeting Info with virtual connection information.

Website updates to reflect this virtual session will be available soon.

SpaceRef staff editor.