AGENCIES-The US space agency NASA has selected eight new research teams to collaborate on research about the Moon, near Earth asteroids, and the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos and their near space environments. The Solar System Exploration Research Virtual...

“The discoveries these teams make will be vital to our future exploration throughout the solar system with robots and humans,” said Lori Glaze, director of the Planetary Science Division in NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.

Eight SSERVI teams were selected via peer review from a pool of 24 competitive proposals, according to the statement. One such team, led by Rosemary Killen at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, will focus on plasma interactions with air...

One such team, led by Rosemary Killen at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, will focus on plasma interactions with airless bodies and determine the effects of the space environment on robotic and human assets at various geographic locations on the moon.

Another team led by Jennifer Heldmann at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley will focus on determining what volatiles are available on the Moon for in-situ resource utilization. It will assess the quantity and availability of resources on the Moon.

“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.

Based and managed at Ames, the SSERVI was created in 2014 as an expansion of the NASA Lunar Science Institute.