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Johns Hopkins APL Joins Lunar Observation Team for NASA’s SIMPLEx Program

Johns Hopkins APL Joins Lunar Observation Team for NASA's SIMPLEx Program - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Jeff Brody

NASA has selected a team that includes a scientist from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory as a finalist for the agency“™s Small Innovative Missions for Planetary Exploration program.

Rachel Klima, a planetary scientist at APL, will serve as the team“™s deputy principal investigator and help oversee the development of the Lunar Trailblazer concept focused on using a small satellite to analyze the presence of water on the lunar surface, APL said Thursday.

The team will deploy a 16.4-foot cube-shaped satellite that will carry advanced imaging systems from a 62.13-mile orbit for a year. Researchers will use the smallsat“™s findings to develop a high-resolution map that contains data on water present on the moon.

Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA“™s Science Mission Directorate, said the team“™s miniature instruments help decrease costs while “performing targeted science missions and testing brand new technologies that future missions can use.“

The agency also selected a University of Colorado Boulder and Lockheed Martin team as one of the SIMPLEx program“™s three finalists for their Janus smallsat concept for observing binary asteroids.

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