NASA Selects Eight Science Teams To Help With Space Research

NASA Selects Eight Science Teams To Help With Space Research

NASA has shortlisted eight new research teams that will work closely on research about the Earth's natural satellite Moon.

The Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) will support the new teams for five years at a combined total of about Dollars 10.5 million per year, funded by NASA's Science and Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorates, NASA said in a statement.

"Now we basically know every bump and wiggle and every little rock", said Michelle Thaller, assistant director for science communication at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center near Greenbelt, Maryland.

The eight teams will be part of NASA's SSERVI, the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, an association whose aim is to help conduct the agency's exploration activities associated with NASA's human research ambitions, and more precisely lunar samples from and on Earth and Mars' moons. These teams will partner with worldwide collaborators and local universities through virtual technology.

The instrument will collect better maps of the lunar surface to understand how it formed and its geologic history.

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Interdisciplinary Consortium for Evaluating Volatile Origins (ICE FIVE-O) from the University of Hawai'i in Honolulu will study the remote sensing of airless bodies and how things weather in space. Of the 12 selected, seven are new experiments that will study planets and heliophysics.

The Lunar Surface Electromagnetics Experiment (LuSEE) will use hardware from the Parker Solar Probe FIELDS experiment, the STEREO/Waves instrument, and the MAVEN mission to make comprehensive measurements of electromagnetic phenomena on the surface of the Moon.

Some of the team include Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science (CLASS), Institute for Modeling Plasmas, Atmospheres, and Cosmic Dust (IMPACT), and Center for Lunar Science and Exploration (CLSE) among others.

And it could map out what is, perhaps, the moon's most valuable resource: water.

"We are extremely pleased that the community responded with such high-quality proposals, and look forward to the many contributions new SSERVI team members will make in addressing NASA's science and exploration goals", said Greg Schmidt, SSERVI's director at Ames. Jasmine writes primarily in our LGBTTQQIAAP and Science section.

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