Lunar Exploration Special Issue in Advances in Space Research

Papers are invited for a special topical issue of Advances in Space Research (ASR) entitled "Lunar Exploration". Manuscripts on exploring and understanding space environments, surface processes, interior structure, evolution, origin and life sciences of the Moon are appropriate from the recent and coming Lunar missions, e.g., SMART-1, SELENE, ChangE-1 and 2, Chandrayaan-1, and LRO/LCROSS, and coming Chandrayaan-2, SELENE-2, LADEE, GRAIL as well as other manned missions and sample return missions. This special issue is open to all scientists who may have an appropriate scientific paper to present latest results from lunar missions, including theory, methods, measurements, modelling and findings as well as comparative studies with the Earth in the atmosphere, surface and interiors. New advances or simulations in lunar science, lunar mission concepts, and the instrumentation for the future lunar mission are also welcomed.

Papers must be submitted electronically to To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue, authors must select "Lunar Exploration" when they reach the "Article Type" step in the submission process. Submitted papers must be written in English and should include full affiliation addresses for all authors. Only full-length papers will be considered for publication, subject to peer review by two reviewers. There are no page limits although the length of the paper should be appropriate for the material being presented. While the deadline for submissions is 31 October 2011, papers will be published electronically as soon as they are accepted. The printed issue will be assembled within a reasonable time with late papers being printed in regular issues of ASR. Contributors to this issue will have an opportunity to purchase individual issues once the issue is finalized. All articles will be typeset at no cost to the author; there is a nominal charge for printing color figures although there is no charge for color figures on the electronic version.

Dr. Shuanggen Jin ( is the Editor for this special issue. Questions can be directed to Dr. Jin (;

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