Timothy Glotch, SSERVI PI of the RIS4E team at Stony Brook University, has been directing research in the Vibrational Spectroscopy Lab, which contains various spectroscopic tools that allow examination of geologic materials similar to those that are present on Mars, the Moon, or other solar system bodies. This work has led to better interpretations of some of NASA’s remote sensing data. The team has also deployed instruments at the HISEAS mission habitat——an isolated Mars-like site on the Big Island of Hawaii——to monitor the environment. Understanding if local conditions could potentially be hazardous is critical for planning EVAs on other planetary bodies.

Now Glotch is teaming with doctors to help veterans who have experienced respiratory side-effects from dangerous waste disposal practices in Iraq. Dr. Szema struggled to prove particles from burn pits caused long term damage to veterans until Glotch mentioned he has a laser that can identify particle origin.

Watch an overview of this effort in this video from SciTech:

For more information about RIS4E team activities, visit: https://ris4e.labs.stonybrook.edu/

Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff
Source: SSERVI Team/ SciTech

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