"The two selected studies address important scientific questions about the moon," said Joel Kearns, vice president of exploration at NASA's Office of Scientific Missions. The first examines the geological processes of the early planetary bodies preserved on the moon, looking at the rare shapes of their volcanoes, and the second examines the effects of the moon's low gravity and radiation on the yeast. This yeast is a model organism used to understand the damage response and repair DNA.NASA continues to add to the list of commercial cargo to explore the moon under the Artemis mission, and has now selected new scientific tools, from This is one sentence that will study the mysterious domes of the lunar surface for the first time. Both shipments will reach the surface of the moon on future flights with the Commercial Cargo Services (CLPS) program, part of NASA's larger mission to explore the moon over the next decade.
"The two selected studies address important scientific questions about the moon," said Joel Kearns, vice president of exploration at NASA's Office of Scientific Missions. The first examines the geological processes of the early planetary bodies preserved on the moon, looking at the rare shapes of their volcanoes, and the second examines the effects of the moon's low gravity and radiation on the yeast. This yeast is a model organism used to understand the damage response and repair DNA.
"Lunar Vulkan Imaging and Spectroscopy Explorer" Lunar-VISE is a set of five tools, two mounted on a fixed lander and the other three mounted on a climber to serve under the CLPS program.
over 10 ground days (one day Lunar-Wise will explore the summit of one of the Gruithuisen domes. It is possible that these domes were formed by a silica-rich adhesive magma that is similar in composition to granite.
On Earth, these types of structures form to form oceans of liquid water. And tectonics need a plate, but without the presence of these key components on the moon, lunar scientists are puzzled as to how these domes formed and evolved over time.
Domes, data collected by the Lunar-Wise tool, help scientists answer fundamental unanswered questions about how these formations originated. The data will also help improve future robotic and human missions to the moon. Dr. Kerri Donaldson Hanna of the University of Florida will lead the consignment. Lunar Explorer Instrument for space biology Applications (LEIA), or CIASat, is a small device based on the CubeSat. Saccharomyces cerevisiae) to the lunar surface and study its response to low lunar gravity and available radiation will provide biological research on the lunar surface that cannot be simulated or replicated with high fidelity on Earth or the International Space Station.Saccharomyces cerevisiae is an important model of human biology that plays a particularly important role in genetics, cell and molecular proliferation, and the processes of DNA damage division and response to environmental factors such as radiation. The data recorded by the LEIA, along with previous data from other biological studies, could help scientists answer a decades-old question of how low gravity and deep-space radiation together affect biological processes. Dr. Andrew Settles of NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California will lead the LEIA mission. NASA will now work with the CLPS office at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. To issue the necessary planning for the delivery of these shipments to the moon in the period of 2026. The agency has also selected two project scientists to coordinate scientific activities, including landing, developing operational concepts, and archiving scientific data. Dr. John Karcz of the Ames Research Center has been selected for the Lunar-Wise Study, and Dr. Cindy Young of the Langley Research Center has been selected for the Leah Collection.
CLPS An important part of NASA's lunar exploration activities is during the Artemis program. Scientific and technological shipments sent to the surface of the moon help to lay the groundwork for human missions in and around the moon. Under CLPS, NASA has allocated seven funding programs to send scientific instruments to the moon in the early 2020s and is expected to increase by 2028.
Cover Photo: A mosaic image of the Gritewitson Domes on the surface of the moon
Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University