ICEUM4 recommendations on Lunar exploration presented at COSPAR
31 July 2000The recommendations of the ICEUM4 conference have been presented at the General Assembly of COSPAR (Committee for Space Research) in Warsaw on 18-24 July. The ICEUM4 reports were given during a Lunar Exploration session, a special symposium on Public understanding of Science as well as in the COSPAR Commissions B (Planetary sciences) and F ( Life sciences in space). COSPAR agreed to co-sponsor the 5th ICEUM meeting during the COSPAR/IAF World Space Congress to take place in Houston in October 2002.
The 4th International Conference on Exploration and Utilization of the Moon (ICEUM4) was held from July 10-14, 2000 at ESTEC in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. The Conference was attended by more than 150 registered participants (plus many guests and press), particularly by university students, who are showing a strong interest in the Moon as a next step in the exploration of space beyond the International Space Station.
One of the highlights of the Conference was the announcement of the formation of the Lunar Explorers' Society. This will be an international organization, open to membership by people from all Nations, which will promote lunar exploration, development and utilization. The Society was strongly advocated by the young participants in the Conference, who are enthusiastic about contributing their efforts to get the Society up and running. Members of the International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG) strongly supported the idea of a Lunar Explorers' Society and many volunteered to be mentors for their younger counterparts.