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- Location-based Outreach Programs
The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) and the Johnson Space Center (JSC) have a long and successful history of collaborative research and exploration activities that began with the Apollo program. The LPI and JSC have harnessed that heritage to build the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration to better support our nation's new lunar science and exploration activities. The Center is an integral part of the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute and is designed to: Develop a core, multi-institutional lunar science program that addresses the highest science priorities identified by the National Research Council (NRC) for NASA; Provide scientific and technical expertise to NASA that will infuse its lunar research programs, including developing investigations that influence current and future space missions; Support the development of a lunar science community that both captures the surviving Apollo experience and trains the next generation of lunar science researchers; Complement those activities with studies of near-Earth asteroids that have modified the evolution of the Earth-Moon system and may be targets for future human exploration. Use that core lunar and near-Earth asteroid science to develop education and public outreach programs that will energize and capture the imagination of K-14 audiences and the general public.