Research

Brown/MIT team chosen for new NASA institute

Human and robotic exploration

The Martian moon Phobos is among accessible solar system targets to be considered by a Brown/MIT team of planetary geologists. The team will help NASA develop research questions and exploration strategies. Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Nineteen researchers from Brown and seven from MIT, together with researchers from four other institutions and seven other countries are part of NASA’s new Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). The Brown/MIT team will focus on the environment and evolution of the Moon, near-Earth asteroids, and the two Martian moons Phobos and Deimos, helping to develop scientific goals and exploration strategies.