Lunar Workforce Series

Apollo Transfer of Knowledge

Professors Carle Pieters and Jim Head

May 16, 2024

There is much to be learned from the Apollo missions, especially in building to the upcoming Artemis program.  We hear from Dr. Carle Pieters and Dr. Jim Head, who talk about their thoughts and lessons learned from the Apollo era, and give advice for the Artemis generation. The panel is hosted by NextGen Organizing Committee members Elisha Jhoti and Divya Ravy.

The Road Ahead of Endurance
A Long-Range Rover to Explore
the Farside of the Moon

December 8, 2023

Every ten years, the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey sets the goals for NASA’s exploration of the Solar System. The recent Decadal Survey—“Origins, Worlds, and Life”—included a lot of exciting missions, but few were as surprising as Endurance: a concept for a long-range rover to traverse over 2,000 kilometers across the gigantic South Pole-Aitken (SPA) basin that dominates the farside of the Moon. Along its traverse, Endurance would collect a large mass of high-priority samples necessary to address long-standing questions about Solar System chronology, planetary evolution, and more. Endurance would deliver these samples to Artemis astronauts for return to Earth. In this presentation, I’ll share how this concept came to be, its current state, and the next steps for this mission concept. 

Seeing the Big Picture
A Conversation with Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen

April 14, 2023

During this event NextGen will hear from Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen (Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA 2016-2022) about his thoughts on the future of the lunar workforce, NASA's plan for lunar exploration and the role early career scientists and engineers can play in shaping the path forward.