NASA has selected four teams that will join its existing nine teams to work on Solar System exploration and has a plan of investing up to $5 million of its budget per year to fund these teams.
The new teams will be concentrating their attention on studies and analysis of the Moon as well as near-Earth asteroids. The teams will also be assigned tasks to work towards analysis of other celestial bodies in the Solar System including Martian moons Phobos and Deimos, and their near space environments, in cooperation with international partners.
The teams selected by NASA includes a team from University of Colorado as well as a team from Georgia Institute of Technology. The team from University of Colorado will be focusing their work on a number of topics including robotics, cosmology, astrophysics and heliophysics with the primary agenda of advancing NASA’s work towards manned space exploration.
The Georgia Institute of Technology team will be looking at radiation and its effect on human-made composite materials. Members of this team will also be studying how real-time detectors can help minimise astronauts’ exposure to harmful radiation.
Another team will be assigned to a project that has been named “Toolbox for Research and Exploration” and according to NASA this particular team will be responsible for development of tools and methods for the manned exploration of celestial bodies.
The fourth group, called Exploration Science Pathfinder Research for Enhancing Solar System Observations or ESPRESSO will assist NASA in understanding the events that are hazardous for robotic and human explorers in space.
Through these teams, NASA will garner additional workforce that will enable the space agency to advance its understanding in lunar and planetary science while also paving way for manned missions to various celestial bodies of the solar system.