NASA adds four new teams to study the Moon, near-Earth asteroids

The locations of Project ESPRESSO collaborative institutions. The project is led from SwRI's Boulder office

The locations of Project ESPRESSO collaborative institutions. The project is led from SwRI's Boulder office Project ESPRESSO

In an effort to advance basic and applied research, NASA has signed four new teams to study components of the solar system.

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 NASA research teams in collaboration with global 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. The report further stated that the third group will be from Georgia Institute of Technology and 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 further added.

The first group which belongs to the University of Colorado will study on robotics, cosmology, astrophysics and heliophysics to advance manned space exploration, as per the report published in Engadget. "They'll also look into how real-time detectors can help minimize astronauts' exposure to harmful radiation", the report added.

Another team working on a project called "Toolbox for Research and Exploration" or TREX will develop tools and methods for the manned exploration of celestial bodies coated in fine-grained dust, such as asteroids and the moon.

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. With the better knowledge of hazardous events in space, disasters can be predicted and managed.

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