Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Deadline approaching for Lunar Exploration Summer Intern Program

Were these boulders on the west slope, and the rocky outcrop above on Hausen crater's central peak, excavated from the Moon's mantle - rebounding from below the Moon's megaregolith and crust? The CLSE Landing Site Study - the work of students in the CLSE Lunar Exploration Summer Intern Program - estimate the Hausen impact as perhaps the Moon's deepest natural excavation. LROC NAC M105100555LR, orbit 643, August 16, 2009; resolution 49 cm from 41.38 km [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].

The deadline is approaching for applications to the 2013 edition of the Lunar Exploration Summer Intern Program.

Over the previous five summers, graduate student teams conducted a global survey of lunar landing sites that are suitable for meeting the objectives in the NRC (2007) report "The Scientific Context for Exploration of the Moon."  
A summary of those results was recently published (

During the summer of 2013, students will generate a detailed assessment of one or two high-priority landing sites identified in that report. This summer study will utilize the latest lunar data (e.g., M3, LOLA, LROC), explore potential traverse routes and stations, and identify hurdles that mission architects will need to address.

Additional details about the program and application process can be found HERE.

The application deadline is March 1, 2013. Email:

USRA - Lunar and Planetary Institute
3600 Bay Area Blvd.
Houston, TX  77058-1113
(281) 486-2119

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