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**OL Science Team meetings will commence in Feb 2009. Please contact Melissa (contact info at [1]) if you have relevant expertise & would like to participate in future meetings. Meeting notes will be posted here: OpenLuna Science.**

February 4, 2009

OpenLuna Science Team Meeting Notes

In attendance: Dom, Simon, Matt, Haley, Ed, Mel

Absent: Rhi, Em, Rod, Laura, Annie

Location: University of Western Ontario, Centre for Planetary Science & Exploration,

Meeting Agenda:

1. Overview of the tasks at hand (scouting class & sample return class missions, for now);

2. Top-level brainstorming of major science goals & requirements on the planned near-term lunar robotic missions;

3. Discuss specific points:

•	Possible landing locations (regions, not specific sites) + rationale?
•	What instrumentation do we need on each of the rovers?
•	Science payload requirements for each of the landers?
•	What sort of payload space/mass do we need to plan for on the landers & satellite?
•	How small of a payload could be useful? Note that Science Payload = roughly 20 lbs per rover,
for ~10 rovers (exact mass of payload will determine the number of rovers, therefore limiting or increasing # of potential landing sites)

Results of brainstorming:

•	Camera on each rover (TBD)
•	Reflector on top of each rover for lazer ranging
•	Test life detection tools on “planted” organic matter
•	Petri dish “mini-dome” or spores (seed a panel of the lander?)
•	Plant growth experiments with regolith
•	Micrometeorite flux measurement: aerogel on each rover
•	Dosimeter: flux of one or more types of radiation
•	Save one rover for PR: just a camera & arm
•	LIDAR for dust settling (but ~100 lbs)
•	Mini-mass spectrometer (Carleton engineering, working with CSA – toaster sized)
•	Dost lofting at the terminator
•	Microwave sintering experiment; before & after shots, “lunar fire pit”
•	Reactivity of lunar dust: measuring oxidation state
•	ChemMin – XRD, XRF
•	Trenches, stratigraphy, look for permafrost
•	GPR, stratigraphy, look for permafrost
•	Study carbon (meteorite implanted) in regolith
•	Lunar volatiles
•	Geophysics (seismics, part of International lunar network) 

Landing sites: near south pole, permanently shadowed + sunlit areas, spanning to terminator “The D” – recently outgassing volcano

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