UNH Space Climate Research Chosen by NASA for Further Study
A study proposal from a professor at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), a NEC member, has been selected by NASA for further development. UNH and NASA have collaborated many times before and have a relationship that spans over 60 years.
Professor James Clemmons’ research study, titled Aeronomy at Earth: Tools for Heliophysics Exploration and Research (AETHER), explores what drives different parts of the weather system in space. NASA is interested in pursuing research of this type in order to better predict and mitigate space weather’s effects on spacecraft and astronauts. AETHER would specifically examine the ionospehere -thermosphere system and its response to geomagnetic storms. The UNH study will receive $400,000 to conduct a nine-month mission concept study. After this period, NASA will choose whether to go forward with the launch, awarding the project with $55 million.
“NASA’s research to understand the space we travel through relies on exploring key details about a vast system from the Sun, to Earth, to the edges of the solar system,” said Peg Luce, Deputy Directory in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA. “Each of these proposals could add a significant toll from a unique vantage point to help us understand that system.”
The Council congratulates UNH and Professor Clemmons on this research partnership with NASA.