As space technology expands its reaches in the quest for seeking knowledge about our solar system, NASA has added four new teams to its already existing team of nine to explore the solar system even more. According to the report, the groups belong to various US universities such as the University of Colorado, Georgia Institute of Technology as well as a few other independent space exploration teams such as the Exploration Science Pathfinder Research for Enhancing Solar System observations (ESPRESSO), etc. The entire project involving the thirteen teams is called SSERVI, which stands for Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute and has partnered the space tech organisations of other countries in a bid expand mankind’s understanding of the solar system and the universe as a whole.
The teams would be assisting in various fields such as robotics, cosmology and heliophysics, etc. The US space research organisation would reportedly be spending about $3 million of its annual budget to fund these projects per year for the next five years or so. During the course of the space exploration mission and the run up to it would involve the study of various celestial bodies such as the Moon, asteroids that are close to the Earth and several other parts of our solar system. Also, the teams would be working on developing tools and implements that would enable manned mission to these places in near future.
One of the most severe concerns over the manned mission to space for any exploratative missions is the danger of the harmful solar radiations posed to the astronauts. With the existing technology that is being used, only a portion of the risk could be neutralised. Hence, newer methods and tools are definitely needed to minimise the exposure of the astronauts to the solar radiations during such missions. All in all, this project would certainly mean some huge stride in the direction of basic as well as advanced research in the planetary and lunar science domains.