Lunar Data Analysis Program (LDAP)
The ROSES 2024 Lunar Data Analysis Program (LDAP) Appendix C.8
Notice: Proposals submitted to this program will be evaluated using a dual-anonymous review process. Both Step-1 and Step-2 proposals must be anonymous. See preparation guidelines in C.8, Section 3 and in the associated "Guidelines for Anonymous Proposals" document under "Other Documents" on the NSPIRES page for this program element.
This program element continues to solicit proposals via a two-step proposal submission process described in Section 2 of C.1 The Planetary Science Division Research Program Overview.
Proposers are strongly advised to read Appendix C.1, The Planetary Science Research Program Overview in its entirety to help ensure that they have all the necessary information to be compliant with their proposal submission.
Mandatory Step-1 proposals are due February 26, 2025, and Step-2 proposals are due April 30, 2025.
The Lunar Data Analysis Program (LDAP) program funds the analysis of data from missions for use in lunar science investigations. The overall objectives of LDAP are to: enhance the scientific return of lunar missions conducted by NASA or other space agencies; broaden scientific participation in the analysis of lunar mission data sets; and fund high-priority areas of research such as those that support planning for future lunar missions.
LDAP supports lunar science investigations that use publicly available (released) lunar data from at least one mission. Data from Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) deliveries will be eligible, once those data are publicly available. Starting with ROSES-24, publicly available data from instruments onboard KARIís (Korea Aerospace Research Institute) Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO) are also eligible for study in this program element.
Proposals to LDAP must include a lunar science investigation. Proposals with the principal objective of producing a higher-order data product that enables or enhances future scientific investigations, but do not include a science investigation, are not responsive to this program element. The LDAP encourages ground-based observations of the Moon or lunar sample analyses, provided that these tasks are essential to the proposed scientific investigation and are conducted to enhance the analysis of data from at least one lunar mission. The LDAP values scientific investigations of the south polar region, in particular one or more of the candidate Artemis III landing regions and/or the VIPER landing region.
Critical Dates
Step 1 Proposal Due Date Data Included in PDS by Step 2 Proposal Due Date
02/26/25 03/31/25 04/30/25
Mission data are available from the Planetary Data System (PDS).
Data Available at PPI
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
Lunar Prospector (LP)
The following sites also have LDAP Data
PDS Atmospheres Node (LADEE)
PDS Cartography and Imaging Science Node (Clementine, M3,LCROSS, LRO, Kaguya, Chandrayaan-1)
PDS Geosciences Node (LCROSS, LRO, Apollo, Clementine, Chandrayaan-1, GRAIL, LP, Kaguya)
PDS Small Bodies Node (Deep Impact, LADEE)
ARTEMIS data at Berkeley
Ancillary data (SPICE files) can be obtained from the PDS NAIF Node
Additional information about NASA and other lunar missions can be found at NASAís National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC) at:
Lunar mission data used in LDAP investigations must be available in the Planetary Data System (PDS) or equivalent publicly accessible archive at least 30 days prior to the submission due date for LDAP Step-2 proposals. Spacecraft data that have not been placed in such archives may not be proposed for use in LDAP investigations. The calendar of record for data released in the PDS is the PDS Data Release Calendar
Proposals submitted to this program element must include an Open Science and Data Management Plan (OSDMP). (See program element C.1, Section 3.7). The sufficiency of the OSDMP will be evaluated as part of Merit. This section of the proposal must be anonymized.
Data products produced by funded LDAP investigations must be made publicly available, following the guidelines described in Section 3.7 of C.1 Planetary Science Overview. Proposed data products for delivery to the PDS must be clearly described, appropriate time and effort for delivery and ingestion must be budgeted, and the proposal must include a letter from the manager of the appropriate PDS data node. See the "Guidelines for Anonymous Proposals" for instructions. For additional information, refer to the PDS Proposer's Archiving guide.
This program element uses a two-step proposal submission process described in program element C.1, Section 2. Proposers are reminded that Step-1 proposals are mandatory and must be submitted by the proposing organization. Both Step-1 and Step-2 proposals must be written in an anonymized format (see C.8, Section 3.2, as well as the "Guidelines for Anonymous Proposals" document).
Proposals submitted to this program will be evaluated using a dual-anonymous peer review (DAPR) process. In the DAPR process, proposers are unaware of the identity of the reviewers and the reviewers are not told the identity of the proposers until after the evaluation of the anonymized proposal. The objective of dual-anonymous peer review is to minimize bias in the evaluation of the merit of a proposal. See Section 3.13 of C.1 Planetary Science Research Program Overview and the instructions in the "Guidelines for Anonymous Proposals" document under "Other Documents" on the NSPIRES page for the program element for additional submission instructions.
See C.8, Section 3.3 for additional evaluation factors that will be taken into account.