Dr. Clive Neal

Clive R. Neal is a Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame and chair of NASAs Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG). During his time as LEAG Chair, he has overseen the development of a Lunar Exploration Roadmap that involves three themes: Science of, from and on the Moon, Feed Forward to other destinations, and making the next era of human lunar exploration sustainable. It is important that NASA not get held up at the Moon as it explores the solar system, so an exit strategy needs to be formulated and implemented now. However, it is also important that NASA not abandon its infrastructure, built at tax-payer expense, so the Lunar Exploration Roadmap highlights commercial on-ramps as private sector involvement is key to successful solar system exploration. We believe this starts with the Moon. Although the current administration policy would appear to sideline the Moon, the Moon is still very relevant because of its proximity and hostile environment. The LEAG respectfully disagrees with President Obama - we have NOT been there and done the Moon!! Professor Neal has been a lunar researcher for almost 25 years, focusing on the analysis of lunar samples. Recently, he has explored the world of lunar geophysics from both a scientific viewpoint as well as that of exploration (hazard mitigation). He has published over 80 papers in refereed journals and co-edited two books. When not focusing on the Moon, he is involved with the scientific ocean drilling program and trying to keep up with his Australian wife, three children and six grand-children.

Broadcast 1388 (Special Edition)

Guest: Dr. Clive Neal. Topics: Lunar exploration, space vision and space policy. We welcomed Dr. Clive Neal who is the chair of NASAs Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG) to the show. Please visit their website at www.lpi.usra.edu/leag. In our fist segment, we started out talking about water on the Moon, how much and where. This discussion evolved into the vision for returning to the Moon and the need for a lunar exit strategy so we don't get bogged down and not go anyplace else in the solar system. Dr.

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