The Center for Lunar Science and Exploration (CLSE), a member of the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), has concluded the first year of the Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students (ExMASS) program. The ExMASS program supports student scientists in their quest to understand the Moon and asteroids, as they are immersed in the process of science and exposed to science careers. The program’s predecessor, the High School Lunar Research Projects, supported lunar research conducted by high school students from 2009-2013.

This year, 11 high school teams, involving 43 students, from across the nation embarked on a standards-based, data-rich, authentic lunar/asteroid science research project that aligns with CLSE research objectives and the National Research Council science priorities.

Locations of 2014-2015 ExMASS teams.

Bellaire High School students, Sue Anne Davis, Kevin Nguyen, Jennifer Wang, Afton Widdershins, and Steven Zhou-Wright, presented their research titled “Hypothesizing Existence of Zhuque Family in the 5:2 Kirkwood Gap” to a panel of planetary scientists. Their project ranked highest on presentation and research among all competing schools. As a result of their top score, the students and their teacher, Jimmy Newland, are invited to attend and present their research at the NASA Exploration Science Forum at NASA Ames Research Center in July 2015.

BHS ExMASS Team (left to right) S.A. Davis, S. Nguyen, J. Wang, A Widdershins, S. Zhou-Wright

The team’s mentor was Dr. Maitrayee Bose, Arizona State University.

The Center for Lunar Science and Exploration is a division of the Lunar and Planetary Institute which is managed by the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), a national nonprofit consortium of universities chartered in 1969 by the National Academy of Sciences at the request of NASA.

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For More information about the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration (CLSE):

Jennifer Steil
USRA – Lunar and Planetary Institute
281-486-2115 Office

Jimmy Newland
Bellaire High School
5100 Maple Drive
Bellaire, TX 77401

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

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