Physics Colloquium: Gwen Barnes, Department of Physics, University of Idaho

Monday, October 31 2011 at 4:00 PM

Location: EP 209

The Physics Colloquium, presented by Gwen Barnes, department of physics, University of Idaho NASA's Lunar Science Institute, titled "How Can U-Idaho Participate?" will be presented Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. in EP 209

Abstract: The NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI) was established in 2008 to bridge the science and exploration communities of NASA through lunar research. The NLSI brings together competitively selected research teams to focus on questions of fundamental importance in understanding the formation, evolution, composition, and potential of the Moon. Seven research teams were selected in 2009 as the first “nodes” of the NLSI. Currently we expect an opportunity for new nodes to apply to the institute to be released sometime within the next year.

The virtual nature of the NLSI provides U-Idaho a unique opportunity to participate in a large scale NASA Lunar Science investigation without needing to physically recruit new researchers to our area. I am investigating the possibility of proposing a node in response to the expected upcoming opportunity. Our node would focus on the properties and history of the lunar surface as revealed by spacecraft images. I propose four main investigations from our node: volcanism, tectonics, cratering, and surface changes. To supplement these investigations, we would produce global lunar geologic maps of both the nearside and farside, vastly improving on the maps produced in the 1970's due to our improved lunar data and computer technology.

This talk will describe the current organization and research of the NLSI and outline a plan for a possible U-Idaho NLSI node.