NASA is encouraging qualified scientists not now involved in NASA lunar research to contribute their ideas, techniques and research capabilities. The program's goal is to improve the scientific understanding of the origin, evolution, structure and composition of the Moon and of its relationships to Earth and the solar system. NASA's lunar studies include
▸ experimental and theoretical research on lunar materials (samples and Surveyor parts),
▸ lunar data analysis and synthesis, using published or other generally available data and
▸ supporting research and technology designed to support the general goals of the other lunar programs such as theoretical studies, laboratory simulations, meteorite research and advanced experiment concepts.