BOULDER, CO, November 20, 2013 (Golden Spike PR) – The Golden Spike Company announced today it has created a Lunar Science Advisory Board to help guide the company’s development of the world’s first private human lunar expedition capability.
The seven inaugural members of the Lunar Science Advisory Board, or LSAB, are distinguished lunar and planetary scientists from around the world. They will provide Golden Spike with scientific expertise and will recommend exploration strategies, sample collection and return requirements, and surface experiment package needs.
The LSAB will be chaired by prominent lunar scientist Dr. Clive Neal of Notre Dame University. Other inaugural members include Dr. Peter Brown of the University of Western Ontario in Canada, Dr. James Carpenter, located in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, Dr. Tai Sik Lee of Hanyang University in Korea, Dr. Georgiana Kramer of the University Space research Association, Dr. William B. McKinnon of Washington University in St. Louis, and Dr. Steven Mackwell, Director of the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston.
“The expertise on this advisory board will enable new and exciting lunar science that builds upon Apollo to take full advantage of Golden Spike’s new paradigm for human spaceflight,” said LSAB Chair Dr. Neal.
Added Dr. Mackwell: “Golden Spike’s early involvement with the scientific community stands as a model where optimization of scientific return must be a critical part of our exploration strategy”.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the powerful depth and diversity of expertise represented by our new Lunar Science Advisory Board,” said Dr. Alan Stern, CEO of Golden Spike. “We are also proud of the international representation of this team, which will be immensely valuable to creating a lunar exploration system of broad interest to space and science agencies around the world,” Stern added.