In the News
Here is a comprehensive list of all the publications of LUNAR related research and activities. The publications range from peer reviewed articles that have been published in various scientific journals to interviews with LUNAR team members by news broadcasting agencies.
- September 2013: Dr. Jack Burns, director of LUNAR, has joined Moon Express as the Science Advisory Board chair to aid in scientific and resource utilization goals. Click here to read the article.
- September 2013: LUNAR principal investigator Jack Burns is featured in a podcast describing the opportunities the lunar farside offers for science and exploration. Click here to listen to the podcast.
- July 2013: There was much press coverage of our 2013 International Space Station Telerobotics Simulation. Astronauts aboard the ISS will remotely teleoperate NASA Ames' K10 rover in deploying an approximation of LUNAR's telescope. This is the first time a planetary rover has been piloted from space and is the first step in joint human-robot exploration. The following articles and videos detail the successful completion of the second of three crew sessions: Space.com, Wired.com, Phys.org.com, SpaceFellowship.com, and Professor of Astrophysics Jack Burns Explains Telerobotics.
- July 2013: The Daily Camera writes about LUNAR's L2 farside mission concept in conjunction with the recent International Space Station telerobotics simulation in Project Could Unlock Many Secrets of Young Universe.
- May 2013: Space.com published an article describing the telerobotics simulation we are conducting in collaboration with NASA Ames' Intelligent Robotics Group in the summer of 2013. View this article from Space.com's website (http://www.space.com/21356-nasa-mock-moon-rover-driving.html) or in pdf format. This article was later picked up by Fox News, NBC News, and Yahoo.
- April 2013: Air & Space Magazine published an article titled "Beyond the Moon" detailing NASA's plans for the Orion Capsule and possible Earth-Moon L2 mission concepts: Beyond the Moon
- January 28, 2013: Aerospace America published an article on teleoperations and how this may be a viable way to conduct science on the farside of the Moon. Remote telepresence: A new tool for space exploration?
- December 12, 2012: Nature published an article titled "Duelling visions stall NASA: A US plan to send humans to explore an asteroid is losing momentum". It covers the NRC study on NASA's future and an insert regarding LUNAR's collaborative work on an Orion/lander L2 farside mission concept.
- December 10, 2012: Jack Burns, LUNAR principal investigator, speaks about a lunar farside mission concept in this podcast interview: A New Way to Explore the Lunar Farside.
- November 28, 2012: New Scientist published an article titled Human' head for moon's orbit - and beyond on the potential L2 lunar farside concept, featuring an interview with principal investigator Jack Burns.
- November 27, 2012: LUNAR principal investigator, Jack Burns, spoke at NASA headquarters to report LUNAR's progress and future plans. Click here to see his presentation slides or watch a recording of the seminar by following this link: NASA Headquarters Seminar.
- November 5, 2012: Space News published an article by Jack Burns, David Kring, and Joe Lazio entitled A First Trip to the Far Side of the Moon.
- October 27, 2012: LUNAR Co-Investigators, Avi Loeb and Jonathan Pritchard, speak about 21-cm cosmology in the article The Missing Reel published in New Scientist.
- October 25, 2012: Jack Burns and several NLSI principal investigators drafted a brief note for Nature about a timely return to the Moon: Timely Reminder to Return to the Moon.
- October 15, 2012: Jack Burns, Joe Lazio, and David Kring submitted A First Trip to the Farside of the Moon to Space News to discuss the lunar farside mission concept.
- October 2, 2012: Space.com writes about a lunar farside mission concept titled NASA Mulls Deep-Space Station on Moon's Far Side.
- October 1, 2012: Several NLSI principal investigators submitted a commentary titled Spectacular Insights and Opportunities Only Three Days Away to the journal Nature about scientific exploration of the Moon.
- September 28, 2012: Journey to the Farside of the Moon Public Lecture at NASA Ames Jack Burns gave a remote public lecture from Colorado, celebrating International Observe the Moon Night held at NASA Ames. His lecture described LUNAR's L2-Farside mission concept in conjunction with teleoperations tests being conducted next summer with crew aboard the International Space Station.
- September 25, 2012 The Times of London published an article about a lunar L2 farside mission concept.
- July 23, 2012: Dr. Jack Burns speaks at LUNAR Science Forum
- July 23, 2012: Dr. Joe Lazio speaks at LUNAR Science Forum
- July 2, 2012: DARE featured in New Scientist Magazine
- June 20, 2012: Early Stars Created a Sight yet Unseen
- "A 3D simulation of the early universe suggests that the first starts left a cosmic signiture large enough to be read by radio telescopes."
- April 19, 2012: Dreaming Big
- April 18, 2012: Dr. Jack Burns speaks on Colorado Public Radio
- March 13, 2012: Our own Justin Kasper is in an article about Solar Probe Plus.
- March 12, 2012: P.I. Burns speaks about LUNAR's goals in a video produced by University of Colorado students.
- March 8, 2012: NASA Ames Director's Colloquium
- February 9, 2012: NASA Eyes Plan for Deep-Space Outpost Near the Moon
"NASA is pressing forward on assessing the value of a "human-tended waypoint" near the far side of the moon — one that would embrace international partnerships as well as commercial and academic participation."
- February 8, 2012: Guest Commentary: Newt Gingrich's moon base is not a loony idea
"During last week's Florida primary campaign, presidential candidate Newt Gingrich proposed that NASA construct a base on the moon by the end of this decade. Is this a visionary, back-to-the-future kind of idea?
- November 2011: Dr. Burns visits NASA HQ for talks with NASA Administrators including Charlie Bolden and president of the AAS Debbie Elmegreen
- October 3, 2011: The Space Review, "Science and human exploration: together at last", read on...
NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati recently visited our lunar simulation laboratory at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where students are investigating next-generation materials to be deployed as sensors on the Moon’s surface.
- September 29, 2011: The Why Files, "Running out of space", read on...
For advocates of space travel, the news is grim, and we’re not talking about the crash of a six-ton satellite last week, either. In July, the last U.S. space shuttle was parked, as planned. Over 30 years, the shuttles helped build the International Space, but two explosions killed 14 astronauts, and each flight cost nearly half a billion dollars.
- September 2011: Astro Society's podcast interview of LUNAR Director
- July 2011: Fox News interviewed LUNAR Director on future of NASA
- June 2011: 9News interviewed LUNAR Director on future of US Space Program
- January 2011: LUNAR CO-I Dr. Steven Furlanetto Awarded AAS Warner Prize
- November 13, 2009: Space.com, "Water Discovery Fuels Hope to Colonize the Moon", read on...
Hopes, dreams and practical plans to colonize or otherwise exploit the moon as a source of minerals or a launch pad to the cosmos got a boost today with NASA's announcement of significant water ice at the lunar south pole. The LCROSS probe discovered the equivalent of a dozen 2-gallon buckets of water in the form of ice, in a crater at the lunar south pole. Scientists figure there's more where that came from.
- November 13, 2009: CBC News, "NASA's moon crash reveals 'lots of water'", read on...
NASA has announced that it found a "significant amount" of water on the moon as a result of the LCROSS impact last month. Anthony Colaprete, a scientist on the project, estimated there were about 100 litres of water in the crater where the LCROSS spacecraft hit the moon on Oct. 9. Colaprete presented some of NASA's data from the spacecraft's instruments, including spectrometer readings that strongly suggest the presence of water.
- October 9, 2009: Boulder Daily Camera, "Boulder moon-crash watchers cheerful, if not dazzled", read on...
NASA successfully bulldozed two spacecraft into the moon's south pole at 5:30 a.m. in search of hidden ice — but without the expected live photos. Still, there was plenty of cosmic cheer among the early risers at CU's Fiske Planetarium and Sommers-Bausch Observatory. Children in their pajamas, college students and space enthusiasts flocked to the CU hub to watch the spectacle and ask scientists questions.
- October 9, 2009: 9News.com, "CU professor excited about moon crash", read on...
When it comes to all matters lunar, Jack Burns is the man to talk to. He's a professor of astrophysics and planetary sciences at the University of Colorado and he's looking forward to Friday's experiment. "It's fun seeing something go pound, smash into the moon and see what it's going to do," Burns said. Video Interview
- October 8, 2009: The New York Times, "NASA Prepares to Bombard Moon", read on...
In what sounds like the plot of a Bruce Willis movie — but is in fact a real scientific experiment on a grand scale — NASA is preparing to plow a satellite and its booster rocket into the surface of the moon on Friday morning, to see if there is any sign of water in the two dust clouds created by the impacts. The spacecraft rapidly approaching the moon right now — at 2,638 m.p.h. — is known as the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS.
- September 25, 2009: Science, "Exotic Telescopes Prepare to Probe Era of First Stars and Galaxies", read on...
Radio telescopes that substitute antenna arrays for dishes are gearing up to peer to the brink of the billion-year "dark ages" that followed the big bang
- September 24, 2009: msnbc.com, "Moon water findings are a game-changer", read on...
The discovery of widespread but small amounts water on the surface of the moon, announced Wednesday, stands as one of the most surprising findings in planetary science. Three spacecraft picked up the signature of water, not just in the frigid polar craters where it has long been suspected to exist, but all over the lunar surface, which was previously thought to be bone dry.
- July 19, 2009: denverpost.com, "CU following Apollo's footsteps", read on...
We have walked on the moon, driven over it and hit golf balls off its rugged surface. Most of us have also shelved moon exploration as a grainy memory from the last century. But as the 40th anniversary nears of man's first lunar landing, Apollo 11, the moon continues to ignite the imagination of scientists at the University of Colorado. They say it holds the key to deeper understanding of our solar system and beyond.
- July 19, 2009: Boulder Daily Camera, "Boulder scientists still look to the moon", read on...
Hundreds, if not thousands, of scientific studies have been published about what the 842 pounds of moon rocks hauled back to Earth have taught us. Thanks to the 22,000 separate samples of lunar rock collected by the Apollo astronauts between 1969 and 1972, astronomers have come to better understand the violent beginnings of the solar system, the formation of the moon and the creation of Earth. But as scientifically profitable as the moon rocks may have been, the prospect of heading back to the moon for fresh data is invigorating to lunar scientists in Boulder.
- July 17, 2009: USA Today, "40 years after Apollo 11: What's our next step?", read on...
Forty years ago Monday, Neil Armstrong made his "giant leap for mankind." Since that triumphant moment, astronauts in the U.S. space program have gone no farther. The first footsteps on the moon — made by Armstrong on July 20, 1969, on the mission known as Apollo 11 — came 3½ years before the last ones. Since then, astronauts have been stuck close to the Earth, mostly circling a few hundred miles overhead in a spacecraft that's little more than a glorified cargo truck.
- June 13, 2009: CNET News, "NASA kick-starting lunar science", read on...
If you're in the planning stages of sending people back to the moon, as NASA is, you'd better know as much as possible about it. That's one of the reasons NASA launched, in late 2007, the Lunar Science Institute (LSI), an organization with an annual budget of $10 million for the study and research of the moon, as well as the role of supporting and inspiring new generations of lunar scientists.
- May 24, 2009: denverpost.com, "Back to the moon", read on...
The moon is our nearest natural celestial neighbor. Its origin and evolution are intimately linked to our most fundamental questions about Earth. How and when did the Earth form and evolve? What was primordial Earth like? Did primitive life gain an early foothold, or was it extinguished again and again by giant asteroid collisions? In order to study the primordial Earth, the best place to go in the entire solar system may be the moon.