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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Goals and Objectives

Some goals for the LEND E/PO program include:

  1. providing physics faculty and undergraduates to assist in lunar surface research,
  2. expanding capacity of physics faculty and students to conduct future space science research,
  3. enhancing under-represented participation in physics and space science research,
  4. forgoing connections between active space science researchers, students, faculty, departments, and society representatives,
  5. establishing connections to sustain newly formed groups of space science researchers at three primarily undergraduate departments, and
  6. introducing students and faculty to science policy issues by taking advantage of the proximity to other science agencies.

Some detailed objectives for the LEND E/PO project include:

  1. providing student and faculty with understanding of the science objectives of the mission.
  2. engaging students and faulty in development of pre-launch instrument calibration,
  3. engaging students and faculty in development of databases for research and analysis,
  4. engaging students and faculty in interpretation of near-real-time science results from the mission,
  5. establishing at least one new course (i.e., Space Science Research, Exploring the Moon, etc.) at each of the participating institutions,
  6. attending and presenting research at an appropriate science conference during each year of participation for each participant,
  7. initiating undergraduate research award stipends for participating students during the academic year at each of the institutions,
  8. hosting local science outreach events in conjunction with the department and the SPS Chapter

Lunar Exploration Neutron Detector

photo of the LEND instrument
The LEND instrument measures the flux of neutrons from the Moon, which are produced by the continuous cosmic ray bombardment of the lunar surface.