Golden Spike, LPI Organize Workshop on Human Trips to Moon

golden_spike_logBOULDER, CO (March 18, 2013) – Golden Spike, the first company planning to undertake human lunar expeditions for countries, individuals and corporations around the world, announced today that it will hold an international scientific workshop in October to explore the kinds of landing sites, experiments, and geological traverses their astronauts will undertake on the Moon starting by 2020. The theme of the workshop is what lunar science will be like after 20 Golden Spike human expeditions to different places around the Moon.

The two-day seminar will be held at the Lunar and Planetary Science Institute (LPI) in Houston, Texas, on October 3rd and 4th, 2013.  The program committee includes Dr. Alan Stern, CEO and President of Golden Spike, Dr. Steve Mackwell, Director of the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Dr. Clive Neal/Notre Dame University, Dr. William McKinnon/Washington University at St. Louis, Dr. Amand Mahesh/The Open University in the UK, Dr. Daniel Durda/SwRI, and Dr. James Carpenter/European Space Agency.

“We’re excited to announce this workshop, which will seek input from lunar researchers from across the world regarding scientific priorities for Golden Spike expeditions. We also expect this workshop to multiply interest in our missions from science and space agencies across the globe.” said Dr. Stern.

“It is great to be part of the beginning of a new age of space exploration where commercial entities step up as key enablers of manned exploration of the solar system. And it is so appropriate that this first meeting will be held at the LPI, an organization with its roots in the Apollo era” said LPI’s Dr. Mackwell.

The workshop will consist of plenary and a poster sessions. The sessions will be organized around topical themes, invited presentations, and discussion panels. Additionally, Dr. Stern and Golden Spike’s board chair,  the former director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Gerry Griffin, will give a multi-media presentation about Golden Spike to the Houston area public on Thursday evening, October 3rd.

More information about this workshop, including an opportunity to provide an expression of interest in attending and potentially speaking, can be found at http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/gs2013/.

About Golden Spike: The Golden Spike Company (GSC) is a US-based commercial space company incorporated in 2010 with the objective of providing human exploration expeditions to the Moon for counties, corporations, and individuals. Golden Spike named after the ceremonial final spike that joined the rails of the first transcontinental railroad across the United States on May 10, 1869, and opened up the North American frontier to new opportunities. Similarly, Golden Spike plans to break new ground and create an enduring link to the lunar frontier, providing regular and reliable expeditions to the Moon at prices comparable to flagship robotic missions. For more information, go to www.goldenspikecompany.com.