Lunar Workforce Series

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.