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

  • Meteoriticists in Morocco

    Next week is the Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society. This year it is being held in Morocco by scientists from Hassan II University of Casablanca. All of us in the Museum’s meteorite research team are heading out to Casablanca on Sunday ...
    Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:27:27

  • The bits of dust that fill up Space: first look

    Museum scientists Ashley King and Anton Kearsley have co-authored an article published in Science on 14 August 2014 on the first laboratory analysis of interstellar dust grains.Have you ever wondered what exists beyond the solar system? Most people t...
    Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:48:59