UK-NLSI Node Capabilities and Research Interests

As SSERVI’s first European partner, the UK-Node is comprised of 15 institutions and is based out of the Open University. Their research focuses on the following main topics:

• Lunar volcanism, magma ocean evolution and structure of the lunar crust
• Lunar crustal composition using X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy from orbit
• Petrology and geochemistry of lunar samples returned by Apollo and Luna missions and lunar meteorites.
• Radiometric age dating of lunar samples using a variety of analytical techniques.
• Application of traditional and non-traditional stable isotopic techniques to study lunar samples for understanding the origin and evolution of the Moon.
• Digital elevation modelling, lunar topography and cartography.
• Lunar astrobiology, including studies of the survivability of terrestrial materials on the Moon.
• Development of instrumentation for lunar orbiters and landers (e.g. X-ray spectrometers UV/Vis/NIR spectrometers, seismometers, penetrometers, Gas Analysis Package (GAP) etc)
• Development of lunar regolith drilling, sample acquisition and processing systems
• Space and Planetary Robotics
• Whole Earth imaging from the Moon for comparison with exoplanets.
• Exoplanetary Auroral Kilometric Radiation
• Development of in situ detection and analysis of polar volatiles
• Lunar in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) studies and applications
• Surface heat flow and thermal properties, lunar magnetism
• Lunar dust and impact physics
• Exploration architecture studies
• Space weathering studies of the Moon and other airless bodies
• Optical interferometry
• LOFAR & VLBI
• Development of curation faculties for returned samples.

For more information, contact:
Mahesh Anand
Open University
http://www.open.ac.uk/planetarygeology

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