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LCROSS Astronomer Workshop. Jennifer Heldmann LCROSS Observation Campaign Coordinator NASA Ames Research Center. February 29, 2008. LCROSS Astronomer Workshop Support.

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LCROSS Astronomer Workshop

Jennifer Heldmann

LCROSS Observation Campaign Coordinator

NASA Ames Research Center

February 29, 2008

lcross astronomer workshop support
LCROSS Astronomer Workshop Support

Special thanks to the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters (especially Jim Green & Kelly Snook) for funding the travel grants.

Thanks also to the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) for providing logistical support for the Workshop.

Supported also by NASA’s Exploration Mission Directorate (ESMD), Lunar Precursor Robotic Program (LPRP), and LCROSS Project.

wireless access
Wireless Access

Username and password provided for each person -- located inside your badge.

agenda
Agenda
  • 8:30 a.m. Registration
  • 9:00 a.m. Observation Campaign Overview
      • J. Heldmann (Observing Campaign Coordinator)
  • 9:30 a.m. LCROSS Science and Exploration Objectives
      • T. Colaprete (LCROSS PI)
  • 10:00 a.m. S-S/C Instruments and Measurements
      • K. Ennico (Payload Lead)
  • 10:30 a.m. Site Selection Update
      • T. Colaprete (LCROSS PI)
  • 11:00 a.m. LCROSS Mission Design and Observation Campaign Constraints
      • K. Galal (Orbital Dynamics)
  • 11:45 a.m. Selene / KAGUYA Overview and Results
  • Shin-ichi Sobue (JAXA)
  • 11:45 a.m. Discussion
  • 12:00 noon Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. CFHT Observations of SMART-1 Impact
      • C. Veillet (CFHT Director)
  • 2:00 p.m. Archiving Observatory Data in the PDS
      • Susan Slavney and Ed Guinness
      • (NASA Planetary Data System)
  • 2:30 p.m. Observation Challenges and Strategies
      • D. Wooden (Astronomer)
  • 3:00 p.m. Telescope Capabilities and/or Working Groups
      • (proposal writing)
lcross observation campaign
LCROSS Observation Campaign
  • Expansion of Plume
  • Thermal Evolution
  • H2O ice sublimation
  • Photo-production of OH
  • Bright Impact Flash
  • Thermal OH Production
  • Rapid Thermal Evolution
  • Residual Thermal Blanket
  • Expanding OH Exosphere

The combination of ground-based, orbital and in-situ platforms span the necessary temporal and spatial scales: from sec/meters to hours/km

The LCROSS mission has multiple layers of observing

lcross goals
LCROSS Goals
  • The LCROSS mission goals:
    • Confirm the presence or absence of water ice in a permanently shadowed region on the Moon
    • Identify the form/state of hydrogen observed by at the lunar poles
    • Quantify, if present, the amount of water in the lunar regolith, with respect to hydrogen concentrations
    • Characterize the lunar regolith within a permanently shadowed crater on the Moon
worldwide observing campaign
Worldwide Observing Campaign

Worldwide observation campaign -- building on the experience of Deep Impact

Lunar, Earth-orbiting , and Ground-based Assets

observational platforms
Observational Platforms

LCROSS Shepherding Spacecraft

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

International lunar missions

Earth-orbital assets

Ground-based telescopes

observing opportunities
Observing Opportunities

Observations during 1) lunar swing-by and 2) LCROSS impacts.

Opportunity to cross-calibrate instruments, also test communications during mission between LCROSS Science Operations Center and observing Astronomers.

communications
Communications

Observation Campaign Coordinator (Heldmann) will be in direct communication with Astronomers from the Science Operations Center (SOC) during lunar swing-by and LCROSS impacts.

  • Preferred method of comm?
  • Email?
  • Phone?
  • Online chat?
  • Other?

Astronomers

astronomer support
Astronomer Support

NASA recognizes that Astronomers must be compensated (funded) for time, travel, etc. to ensure optimal planning of observations, acquisition of data, analysis of data, and delivery of results (to NASA, scientific community, public, etc).

astronomer support13
Astronomer Support

NASA recognizes that astronomers must be compensated (funded) for time, travel, etc. to ensure optimal planning of observations, acquisition of data, analysis of data, and delivery of results (to NASA, scientific community, public, etc).

Solution: Selection of qualified observers who are eligible to receive direct support for observations in support of the Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) lunar swingby calibration and LCROSS impact, and support of subsequent data analysis and delivery to the Planetary Data System (PDS).

identification of qualified observers
Identification of Qualified Observers
      • * Astronomer must have successfully secured observing time on a professional telescope (and notified NASA) by December 2008 to observe the LCROSS impacts (Feb 2009).
      • * Observations must be relevant to LCROSS and NASA lunar goals (ESMD & SMD). In particular the observations should address those goals identified in the LCROSS Science Plan and those others relevant to Lunar Science as identified by the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG).
      • * Astronomer must agree to open sharing of data within the LCROSS Science Team and other Astronomers included in the "umbrella" proposal as soon as data is collected and throughout the 3-month data analysis period after impact (Feb-April 2009).
      • * Astronomer must provide completed analysis to LCROSS Project by April 2009 (in time for inclusion in final LCROSS Report to NASA HQ).
      • * Astronomer must follow established PDS guidelines and deliver their dataset to the PDS by July 2009.
      • * Astronomer must work for a U.S. institution in order to be eligible to receive funds.
      • * International partners may participate on the team (assuming they meet the other above
  • requirements) on a non-funded basis.
funding logistics
Funding Logistics

• Upon successfully securing observing time, astronomers may submit a funding proposal.

• Proposals will undergo screening to ensure they meet the qualification and selection criteria (TBD).

• Selected proposals will receive funds after a data analysis reported is accepted.

two stages of funding
Two Stages of Funding
  • 1. Pre-Impact Observational Support
    • Pre-impact observational support provided to Astronomers.
  • 2. Data Analysis Support
    • Post-impact data analysis and PDS delivery support to Astronomers.
a few notes
A few notes ….

• This LCROSS Observation Campaign funding for astronomers is above and beyond the typical ROSES funding programs.

• Astronomers are not precluded for applying for additional funding through ROSES.

questions

LCROSS

LCROSS

Questions

Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite