European Lunar Symposium 2014

Experts in Moon exploration will meet at the Natural History Museum for the European Lunar Symposium (ELS) on 15 and 16 May 2014.

Lunar scientists will discuss meteorite analyses, remote sensing of the lunar environment, robotic exploration and opportunities for manned missions.

Speakers include Prof Sara Russell, Head of the Museum's Mineral and Planetary Sciences Division and Dr Ellen Stofan, Chief Scientist of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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Fly me to the Moon

A major topic for discussion will be the future of lunar exploration, from remote-operated vehicles to manned missions.

The Google Lunar X Prize offers $30 million in funding to private companies that successfully complete a mission to the Moon, with the following requirements:

  • travel to the Moon and land safely
  • travel 500 metres above, below or across the lunar surface
  • send back two video 'Mooncasts' to Earth

These tasks must be completed by 31 December 2015, so the race is on.

Read more about the Google Lunar X Prize

Sara Russell Five minutes with: Sara Russell

Our extraterrestrial materials expert uses meteorites and dust to probe the early solar system.

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Meteorites group blog

  • Shooting Stars @ the Natural History Museum

    We’re delighted to announce the start of a new meteorites project called Shooting Stars @ the Natural History Museum that aims to observe meteors over the UK. Meteors (also known as shooting stars) are dust and rocks from space that genera...
    Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:36:45

  • Meteorite adventures in Japan

    Last December, Epi Vaccaro (one of our PhD students) and I went to two scientific meetings in Tokyo, Japan. Our aims were to present some of the research that we’ve been doing at the Museum and to meet other scientists who work on similar sampl...
    Mon, 16 Feb 2015 10:53:49