Commercial and Planetary Science Aspects of NASA Lunar Science and Exploration Initiative: New Reports Feb. 7

NASA’s fiscal year 2019 budget request designates approximately $200 million for the Science Mission Directorate’s (SMD) new Lunar Discovery and Exploration Program. Part of this funding will support research opportunities such as making available pristine lunar samples for analysis and developing instruments for scientific exploration on the lunar surface.

Two new reports from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine review the planetary science aspects of NASA’s plans for lunar science and exploration and discuss how new commercial ventures could contribute to meeting the initiative's objectives.

Advance copies of Review of the Planetary Science Aspects of NASA SMD’s Lunar Science and Exploration Initiative and Review of the Commercial Aspects of NASA SMD’s Lunar Science and Exploration Initiative will be available to reporters only at noon EST Wednesday, Feb. 6.

The reports are embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 7.

To obtain copies, reporters should contact the Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or email news@nas.edu.

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