Volume: 01, Issue: 20 12/31/2003 
Dr. Alan Binder, founder of the Lunar Research Institute, will be participating in an online chat on Jan. 7, 2004.
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Chat Live: Lunar Prospector Mission

Dr. Alan Binder will be available on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Central Standard Time to answer questions about the Lunar Prospector Mission. After a year and a half of ground-breaking science, Lunar Prospector furthered its science legacy by intentionally impacting a targeted south polar crater of the Moon in hopes that fragments from the impact could be analyzed for the existence of water ice.

Who:
Dr. Alan Binder
Lunar Research Institute Founder, Director, and President of the Board

What:
Live online chat about the Lunar Prospector mission. Space Explorers' Moonlink® educational simulation is based on the Lunar Prospector mission. Moonlink® is one component of the company's Mission: Solar System program.

When:
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Mountain Standard Time
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Central Standard Time
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Go to http://www.space-explorers.com/internal/mercurious/index.asp?room=binder to enter the chat within your time slot.

Lunar Prospector Mission Overview:
Lunar Prospector was designed to provide answers to long-standing questions about the Moon and its resources, structure, and origins. The small, simple spacecraft mapped lunar resources, gravity, and magnetic fields, as well as other events. After a year and a half of ground-breaking science, Lunar Prospector furthered its science legacy by intentionally impacting a targeted south polar crater of the Moon, in hopes that ejecta from the impact could be seen from Earth and analyzed for the existence of water ice. Lunar Prospector launched Jan. 6, 1998. It arrived at the Moon on Jan. 11, 1998 and impacted the Moon on July 31, 1999. This mission's current status is complete.

Chat Host Dr. Alan Binder's Biography:
Dr. Alan Binder is a Lunar and Planetary Scientist with more than 40 years of experience working with NASA and European space programs. He was the Principal Investigator of the NASA-sponsored Lunar Prospector Mission and is the Principal Investigator of the Lunar Prospector Data Analysis program. He was also Principal Investigator for the 1976 Viking Mars Lander Missions, which made the first successful unmanned landings on Mars.

Dr. Binder's unmanned lunar mapping program began in 1989 when he founded Lunar Exploration, Inc. (LEI), a Texas-based, non-profit company. LEI's charter was to define, promote and find support for the Lunar Prospector Mission. This goal was reached in 1995 when NASA chose Lunar Prospector to be the third mission to launch in its new Discovery Program of Lunar and Planetary Missions, after which LEI was dissolved. Dr. Binder then formed the Lunar Research Institute (LRI) in Arizona to carry on with the flight and scientific phases of Lunar Prospector and expand the research program.

For 10 years Dr. Binder taught and conducted lunar research in Germany at the University of Kiel, the University of Muenster, and the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg. He earned a BS in Physics and Mathematics from Northern Illinois University, a Ph.D. in Geology and Planetary Science from the University of Arizona and habilitated (became qualified to be a professor in the German university system) at the University of Kiel.

Active in many other space-related endeavors, Dr. Binder is a member of the Board of Directors of Space Education Initiatives, Inc. and the Board of Governors of the National Space Society. In addition, he has published more than 80 scientific papers.

Chat Participation:
If you would like to participate in the chat with Dr. Alan Binder on Wednesday, Jan. 7 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. CST, you may login and submit questions throughout the chat period. If your class does not meet during the chat time, you may submit questions prior to the event. Go to http://www.space-explorers.com/internal/mercurious/index.asp?room=binder to login as a Space Explorers subscriber or guest. Once logged in, you may submit question(s) prior to or during the designated chat time.

What happens after your questions have been submitted:
A moderator will review each submitted question. The moderator will then send the chat host the best quality questions. Since numerous questions are submitted for each chat, we cannot guarantee that all questions will be answered or answered in the order of submission. We will, however, try to get through as many questions as possible in the time allocated. Ask away!

After the special event, go to http://www.space-explorers.com/internal/communications/weekly/onlinechats.html to view archived chats and to see if your questions were answered.

    
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