NASA Selects Research Teams for Lunar Science Institute
NASA has selected seven academic and research teams as initial members of the agency’s Lunar Science Institute.
The institute supports scientific research to supplement and extend existing NASA lunar science programs in coordination with U.S. space exploration policy. The selection of the members encompasses academic institutions, non-profit research institutes, private companies, NASA centers and other government laboratories. Selections were based on a competitive evaluation process that began with the release of a cooperative agreement notice in
"We are extremely pleased with the response of the science community and the high quality of proposals received," said
The selected initial member teams are:
- The Moon as Cornerstone to the Terrestrial Planets: The Formative Years; principal investigator
- Scientific and Exploration Potential of the Lunar Poles; principal investigator
- Impact Processes in the Origin and Evolution of the Moon: New Sample-driven Perspectives; principal investigator
- Dynamic Response of the Environment at the Moon; principal investigator
- Understanding the Formation and Bombardment History of the Moon; principal investigator
- Lunar University Node for Astrophysics Research: Exploring the Cosmos from the Moon; principal investigator
- NASA Lunar Science Institute: Colorado Center for Lunar Dust and Atmospheric Studies; principal investigator
"We look forward to solid contributions from these teams," said
Teams were selected from 33 proposals. Based and managed at Ames, the lunar facility is a virtual institute, enabling the newly selected members to remain at their home institutions. Partnerships and collaborations among members are highly encouraged and facilitated through a variety of proven networking tools, such as frequent videoconferences.
The institutes are supported by the Science Mission Directorate and Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in
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