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Lisa Gaddis Plays an Integral Role in Developing "New Views of the Moon 2", Sequel to the 2006 Original

Washington, D. C. – December 25, 2023.   Dr. Lisa R. Gaddis, Director of USRA's Lunar and Planetary Institute, played a crucial role in developing  the much-anticipated sequel to the 2006 “New Views of the Moon now available online in Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry, Volume 89, and published jointly by the Mineralogical Society of America and the Geochemical Society. She served  as a member of the Science Organizing Committee and also contributed her expertise as one of the book editors and co-authored 4 of the 19 chapters, on one of which she was the lead author.

This view looks over the Moon’s south pole from the far side, with Shackleton crater (20 km across) in the foreground with the Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment (DLRE) polar summer maximum temperature data overlain on Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Cameras (LROC) Wide Angle Camera (WAC) morphologic basemap (see https://bit.ly/3s9qKVH). The overlay colors show surface temperatures ranging from very cold (dark blue) to a very warm (red to yellow). The view of Earth was taken by the LROC Narrow Angle Cameras (NAC) and colorized using visible bands from the Wide-Angle Camera. Credit: Lunar QuickMap (https://quickmap.lroc.asu.edu)

This view looks over the Moon’s south pole from the far side, with Shackleton crater (20 km across) in the foreground with the Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment (DLRE) polar summer maximum temperature data overlain on Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Cameras (LROC) Wide Angle Camera (WAC) morphologic basemap (see https://bit.ly/3s9qKVH). The overlay colors show surface temperatures ranging from very cold (dark blue) to a very warm (red to yellow). The view of Earth was taken by the LROC Narrow Angle Cameras (NAC) and colorized using visible bands from the Wide-Angle Camera. Credit: Lunar QuickMap (https://quickmap.lroc.asu.edu)

The book presents a comprehensive overview of the current state of knowledge of the Moon and the advancements in lunar science and exploration since the original volume was published.  This latest volume, aptly named “New Views of the Moon 2,” is a collaborative effort that stems from three workshops held from 2016–2018, gathering input from a diverse global lunar science and exploration community.

Over the past 17 years, the Moon has been the focus of more than 15 new missions and counting! This surge in lunar exploration marks the beginning of an exciting new era, with promises of resuming human lunar exploration, investigations into the lunar poles, and missions to many other high-priority science targets. Therefore, it is fitting to summarize the current state of knowledge to the degree possible when advancements in knowledge of the Moon are proceeding at a breakneck pace.

As we gear up for the Artemis missions and the prospect of returning to the Moon, New Views of the Moon 2 is a valuable resource, helping to frame our knowledge and expectations for the exciting lunar journey ahead.

For more information, visit https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/rimg/issue/89/1.