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First Announcement: The Solar System Exploration Research Institute (SSERVI) is pleased to announce the 3rd annual NASA Exploration Science Forum (ESF), to be held in person July 20-22, 2016 at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. This year's forum will feature scientific discussions of human exploration targets of interest (the Moon, near-Earth asteroids, and the moons of Mars). Science sessions will focus on recent mission results and in-depth analyses of science and exploration studies. Dedicated side-conferences for graduate students and young professionals will coincide with the ESF. Public engagement discussions will be interwoven among science topics as well.

The abstract submission deadline has now passed. Thank you all for your submissions.

Foreign national participants must register by June 1, 2016. US citizens may register until July 8, 2016.

Additionally, The Third International Conference on the Exploration of Phobos and Deimos is occurring in conjunction with the ESF at NASA Ames Research Center this year on July 18-19, 2016. For more information, please visit

NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) is soliciting nominations for the following SSERVI Awards: Shoemaker Award (lifetime career achievement award in lunar and planetary sciences), the Wargo Award (scientist or engineer who has focused on integrating science and exploration throughout their career) and the Niebur Award (early career award for significant contributions to exploration science). Nominees from previous years will automatically be carried forward to the upcoming year. Further descriptions of each award and the nomination form may be found at:

Thank you in advance for your nominations and recognition of those who have contributed so substantially to our field! We do accept nominations year-round, but to be considered for the 2016 awards, please provide your nominations by March 31, 2016.

Poster Information
The space available for poster displays is 48” x 48”. The poster area will be open during all normal meeting hours, so authors may install their poster anytime after 8:00 a.m. on July 20. Posters should be removed on the last day of the meeting. Authors are required to be at their posters during at least one poster session (sign up sheets will be provided at check-in). Poster authors are also encouraged to bring several press-ready copies of their abstract for the media.

Recognizing that science and human exploration are mutually enabling, NASA created the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) to address basic and applied scientific questions fundamental to understanding the Moon, Near Earth Asteroids, the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos, and the near space environments of these target bodies. As a virtual institute, SSERVI funds investigators at a broad range of domestic institutions, bringing them together along with international partners via virtual technology to enable new scientific efforts."