We are going back to the Moon! Five missions to the Moon were conducted in 2023, and at least six more are planned for 2024. 

By the end of this decade, humans should once again walk on the lunar surface. In this talk, Dr. Stephen Parman will review our current understanding of how the Moon formed and evolved through time and go over NASA’s plans for exploring the Moon in the next decade, including establishing a permanent base on its surface.

  • What is the Moon made of?
  • What are those dark spots on the Moon?
  • How long does it take to get there?
  • How does the Moon make the tides?
  • Is there a dark side of the Moon?


The presentation will begin at 6:30 PM EDT in the Greenewalt Auditorium of Carnegie Science’s Broad Branch Road Campus in NW, Washington, DC. Doors open at 6:00 PM EDT. Light refreshments will be available from 6-6:30 PM EDT.

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Prof Parman

About the Speaker

Professor Stephen Parman is a faculty member at Brown University, specializing in experimental petrology and geochemistry applied to the evolution of rocky planets. His research focuses on the chemical evolution of the Earth, moons and planets. Parman uses a combination of high-pressure and high-temperature experiments to understand the chemical behavior of geomaterials at depth and uses this information to interpret the geochemical rock record.

Parman earned his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) under the guidance of Tim Grove. He worked as a Lecturer at Durham University for three years before joining Brown University in 2008. Currently, Parman serves as the geochemistry authority on the MExAG steering committee. He is also the deputy PI on the LUNAScope project and has contributed to five recent NASA SSERVI proposals. These roles reflect his significant contribution to the field of geochemistry.

As a Global Visitor Fellow at Carnegie, Parman will spend six months collaborating with Staff Scientist Anne Pommier on the Sulfide World Evolution project to measure the physical properties of highly reduced silicate and sulfide melts.