Science Enabled by the Global Exploration Roadmap

Date: Friday 8 November 2013
Start Time: 10.30 am
End Time: 3:30 pm

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BG

Organised by: Professor Ian Crawford (Birkbeck), Professor John Zarnecki (OU/UCL), Mr Jeremy Curtis (UKSA) and Dr Jill Stuart (LSE/Space Policy)

The-Global-Exploration-RoadmapUnder the auspices of the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG), in September 2011 twelve of the world’s space agencies, including the UK Space Agency, came together to produce a plan for the international human and robotic exploration of the inner Solar System. In August 2013 this Global Exploration Roadmap has been revised, and the latest version may be accessed at: www.globalspaceexploration.org/web/isecg/news/2013-08-20

The Roadmap reflects the international effort to define feasible and sustainable exploration pathways to the Moon, near-Earth asteroids, and Mars over the next 25 years.

Many diverse areas of science represented by the RAS would benefit from implementation of the Global Exploration Roadmap, including planetary science, astrobiology, and space astronomy. This interdisciplinary meeting will aim to cover all of these areas, and to raise the profile of the Global Exploration Roadmap among the scientific community.

Confirmed Speakers and Themes (titles TBC)

Kathy Laurini (NASA) – Introduction to ISECG and the GER/NASA view

Sylvie Espinasse (ESA) – Strategic knowledge gaps in the GER/ESA view

Jeremy Curtis (UKSA) – A UKSA view of the GER/Review of potential benefits

Dr Helen Fraser (OU) – Microgravity research opportunities from the GER

Prof Heino Falcke (Radboud University) – Astronomical research opportunities from the GER

Dr David Kring (LPI, Houston) – Lunar science opportunities resulting from the GER

Prof Monica Grady (OU) – Mars science opportunities resulting from the GER

Prof Mark Burchell (Kent) – Asteroid science opportunities resulting from the GER

Prof Mark Sephton (Imperial) – Astrobiology research opportunities arising from the GER

For further details please see:  www.ras.org.uk/component/gem/?id=244

Tea and coffee will be available from 10:00 and again after the meeting at 15:30.

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