NASA had just decided on the eight research teams that are going to cooperate in investigating and gathering data about the moon, the asteroids that are in the immediate vicinity to Earth, Mars’ moons, Phobos and Deimos, and also their nearby surroundings.
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. Lori Glaze, director of the Planetary Science Division, declares that “the discoveries these teams make will be vital to our future exploration throughout the solar system with robots and humans.”
Rosemary Killen’s team, part of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, is going to aim their attention at plasma influence on celestial bodies that are lacking air.
NASA’s Science and Human Exploration and Operation Mission Directorates sponsors the eight science teams
The teams also intend to ascertain how the space environment affects both humans and robots at different geographic regions on Earth’s moon. Last but not least, the researchers will work on the effects radiation could have on space explorers, and the places radiation has more considerable influence.
Jennifer Heldmann’s team, part of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California, plans on establishing what types of volatile substances can be found on the moon that can be used on location. They will determine the volume of lunar resources and if whether they are available to use or not by lunar explorers. The team will also check the technology that could deal with these resources and investigate whether the moon conditions can sustain a prolonged human existence or not.
The teams will be funded by NASA’s Science and Human Exploration and Operation Mission Directorates who sponsors researches on space studies from all over the world.