Solar system research: NASA now has total 13 teams to study components of solar system including moon and asteroids

21 March 2017, 03:05 PM
NASA selects four research teams to study Solar System
NASA selects four research teams to study Solar System

NASA has been studying about our solar system and in order to find out more about it, the US space agency has picked up four new research teams. The new team will study the asteroids near Earth, the Moon and other components of the solar system.

NASA’s nine existing teams are already involved in the research and now the four new teams are all set to join them in SSERVI. The NASA research teams in collaboration with international partners will try to find out answers to scientific queries about the Moon, asteroids near Earth, the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos and the environments near them.

A report in Engadget suggests that the first team belongs to the University of Colorado and will study on robotics, cosmology, astrophysics and heliophysics in order to advance manned space exploration. The second team will work on a project called "Toolbox for Research and Exploration" which develops tools and methods for the manned exploration of celestial bodies.

"The third group from Georgia Institute of Technology will explore how radiation affects human-made composite materials. They'll also look into how real-time detectors can help minimise astronauts' exposure to harmful radiation," the report said.

The fourth team is Exploration Science Pathfinder Research for Enhancing Solar System Observations or ESPRESSO. It will help NASA understand the events that are hazardous for robotic and human explorers in space.

Disasters can be predicted and managed with the better knowledge of hazardous events in space.

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"NASA will set aside $3 to $5 million of its budget per year to fund the teams' research for the next five years," the report said.

NASA came up with the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute or SSERVI to advance basic and applied research for lunar and planetary science, and advance human exploration of the solar system through scientific discovery.

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First Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 02:41 PM
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