The primary goal of the AAPG Astrogeology Committee is to emphasize the use of geosciences in the development of off-world exploration energy and other natural resources for development in the foreseeable future (more than 10 years hence). This is under the guidance and input provided by previous NASA geologists, Dr. Harrison “Jack" Schmitt and Dr. James Reilly and by industry professionals of the AAPG’s Energy Minerals Division, the Division of Professional Affairs, and the Division of Environmental Geosciences.
Off-world exploration requires a long-lead time in earth-based preparations, and discussions on the geological, geophysical, and geographical aspects of such exploration are the first steps in such exploration and eventual development and production of such resources. This will be accomplished by planning and implementing a series of annual programs, symposia or poster sessions at AAPG Conventions that emphasizes all aspects of astrogeology and its direct and indirect application to the exploration for energy (and other) resources whether they be located off-world or on Earth.
Incorporating the support and encouragement from the 35,000 energy resource geoscientists world-wide making up the AAPG, the AAPG Astrogeology Committee also seeks to encourage the younger generations who will one day participate directly in off-world programs by extending similar programs to develop and implement annual K-12 teacher outreach programs, either at an AAPG-sponsored meeting, or at a similar venue, and organize a Hedberg-type research conference on the extraterrestrial exploration for energy resources. The Committee arranged a diverse technical program for the 2008 Annual AAPG Convention in San Antonio, for the 2008 International Conference in Cape Town, and at the 2009 AAPG ACE in Denver (for details, see the following section entitled “Meetings”). A major program is being developed as part of the Houston 2011 ACE to honor the 50th Anniversary of President Kennedy’s “Within the Decade” Speech.
The primary goal of the Astrogeology Committee is to develop and implement an annual program of symposia or poster sessions at AAPG Conventions that emphasizes all aspects of astrogeology and its direct and indirect application to the exploration for energy (or other) resources. The Astrogeology Committee also seeks to extend similar programs to AAPG’s International Conference by 2009, develop and implement an annual K-12 or teacher-outreach activity, either at an AAPG-sponsored meeting, or at a similar venue, and organize a Hedberg-type research conference on the extraterrestrial exploration for energy resources within 5 years. The Committee has arranged a diverse technical program for both the 2008 Annual AAPG Convention in San Antonio and the 2008 International Conference in Cape Town (for details, see the following section entitled “Meetings”), and in 2008 will continue to work on its other goals, as well as several new ones.
- Expand the committee by 5 members during the 2006-2007 year by recruiting geologists who participate in the Long Beach symposia.
- Recruit or appoint a chair for each symposium or poster session in 2008.
- Recruit 3 to 5 new committee members from similar international symposia and/or poster sessions before the end of 2008, to provide more of an international base for the committee activities.
- Recruit or appoint a chair for each symposium or poster session at the 2009 AAPG International conference.
- Establish a committee liaison with the AAPG Activities committee during the 2006-2007 year to become integrated where possible to that committee’s work and participate, where possible, in providing astrogeology themes in teacher-outreach programs.
- Appoint an ad-hoc study committee within the 2007-2008 year to examine the potential for a Hedberg-type research conference on extraterrestrial exploration for energy, and ask that committee to report back to the Astrogeology committee at the 2009 Annual Meeting. Such an ad-hoc group would have to poll energy companies, NASA, and other technology groups to determine interest. The prestige of such a research conference would raise the profile of the activity and focus attention of the scientific community on the potential for commercialization of space exploration.