The Center for Lunar Science and Exploration (CLSE) of the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) and NASA Johnson Space Center is pleased to announce the 2015 class of Exploration Science Summer Interns. The program provides students with an opportunity to be involved in lunar and asteroid exploration activities, thus effectively training a new generation of space exploration leaders. Working as a team, the interns will be involved in activities that support missions to both the Moon and near-Earth asteroids. It is a unique opportunity to integrate scientific input with exploration activities in a way that mission architects and spacecraft engineers can use. Activities may involve assessments and traverse plans for a particular destination (e.g., on the lunar farside) or a more general assessment of a class of possible exploration targets (e.g., small near-Earth asteroids).

The 10-week program runs May 26 through July 31, 2015. Applications were accepted from graduate students in geology, planetary science, and related programs, as well as undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of credit in those fields.

The Exploration Science Summer Intern Program builds on the success of the Lunar Exploration Science Summer Intern Program that was designed to evaluate possible landing sites on the Moon for robotic and human exploration missions. Over a five year period (2008–2012), teams of students worked with LPI science staff and their collaborators to produce A Global Lunar Landing Site Study to Provide the Scientific Context for Exploration of the Moon. The program for 2015 is designed to have the same impact on future exploration activities, but has a broader scope that includes both the Moon and near-Earth asteroids.

The Exploration Science Summer Intern Program is supported with funding from the LPI and the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute at NASA Ames Research Center.

Congratulations to the seven students chosen to participate in this year’s program:

Abigail Calzada-Diaz (Birkbeck College, University of London)
Dayl Martin (University of Manchester)
Francesca McDonald (University of Manchester)
Sean O’Hara (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Sarinya Paisarnsombat (University of New Brunswick)
Edgar Steenstra (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Christian Venturino (University at Buffalo)

For more information, visit Exploration Science Summer Intern Program.

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