The Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) is pleased to announce the 1st annual NASA Exploration Science Forum (ESF), to be held in person July 21-23, 2014 at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. This year's forum will feature scientific discussions of exploration targets of interest (the Moon, near-Earth asteroids, and the moons of Mars).

Attendance by the entire community is encouraged, and based on submitted abstracts, sessions will be organized to address topics of primary interest. For example, the 2013 forum included sessions on: current Missions, human exploration including dust/regolith, Geology (Mineralogy & Petrology) & Volatiles, Geology (Age Dating) & Exospheres, Geology (Impacts) & Astro and Heliophysics, Geology & Geophysics, and Future Prospects.

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 (a graduate student conference and Next Generation Lunar Scientists and Engineers, NGLSE) will coincide with the ESF. Public engagement discussions will be interwoven among science topics as well.  

The 2014 Shoemaker (science), Wargo (exploration & Science), and Niebur (early career) awards will be announced at the forum. Nominee's for 2015 awards can be submitted at:

Following the Forum, we invite you to participate in a special day-long session, Thursday, July 24, to explore science that can be accomplished by humans at the various destinations outlined in the Global Exploration Roadmap (GER). This special session on the GER, organized by NASA Headquarters and SSERVI, will enable discussion between the NASA human space exploration planning team and solar system exploration scientists. NASA is requesting science community input and feedback on a proposed International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) white paper on relevant GER science. Please attend this special session to help develop potential science opportunities enabled by human missions.Click here for more information on the GER Meeting.

Poster Presenters:

The space available for poster displays is 48” x 48”. The poster area will be open during all normal meeting hours, so authors may install their poster anytime after 8:00 a.m. on July 21. Posters should be removed by noon on the last day of the meeting. Authors are required to be at their posters during at least one poster session (sign up sheets will be provided at check-in). Poster authors are also encouraged to bring several press-ready copies of their abstract for the media.



Nancy Chabot, The Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory
Dana Hurley, The Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory

SSERVI Central Office, Senior Management

Yvonne Pendleton, NASA Ames Research Center
Greg Schmidt, NASA Ames Research Center
Brad Bailey, NASA Ames Research Center
Doris Daou, NASA Ames Research Center


Sarah Braden, Arizona State University
Daniel Britt, University of Central Florida
Thomas Burbine, University of Massachusetts
Sarah Crites, Hawai’i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
Rosemary Killen, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Stan Love, NASA Johnson Space Center
Amy Mainzer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Tobin Munsat, University of Colorado, Boulder
Hanna Nekvasil, Stony Brook University, NY
Jeff Plescia, The Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory
Derek Sears, NASA Ames Research Center
Paul Spudis, Lunar and Planetary Institute
Angela Stickle, The Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory
Driss Takir, Ithaca College


Shirley Berthold, Chair
Jennifer Baer
Marco Boldt
Brian Day
Ricky Guest
Yael Kovo
Maria Leus
Joe Minafra
Ashcon Nejad
Teague Soderman
Chris Wilson

ESF 2014 Sessions:

Mission Updates

Asteroid Populations







Human Exploration and Destination Drivers

Regolith and Dust

Data Tools

Developing Missions

Thursday July 24, 2014 Global Exploration Roadmap Focus on Science

Humans in Cis-Lunar Space

Humans on the Lunar Surface

Small Bodies/Phobos/Deimos

Lunar Polar Volatiles


Click here for program details

We hope you enjoy this year's Exploration Science Forum!

NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute