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Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students (ExMASS)

The Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students (ExMASS) program is managed by the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration (CLSE), one of nine teams with the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). ExMASS is an academic year-long, national standards-based lunar/asteroid research program that envelops students in the process of science. Working alongside their teachers and a scientist advisor, students undertake authentic, open-inquiry research projects that engage them in the process of science. At the end of the year, student research is reviewed by a panel of scientists. The top four teams present their research to this panel of scientists, competing for a chance to present their work at the Exploration Science Forum held at the NASA Ames Research Center in the summer.

For more information, please visit the FAQ page, or contact Andy Shaner at

Congratulations to Bellaire High School (Bellaire, TX), winners of the 2015–2016 ExMASS research competition! The team will present their research at the 2015 NASA Exploration Science Forum. You can read about Bellaire’s ExMASS experience here.

2014–2015 ExMASS Program Schools

Academy High School, Little River-Academy, TX
Academy of the Holy Angels, Demarest, NJ
Beaverton Health and Science School, Beaverton, OR
Bellaire High School, Bellaire, TX
Cliffside Park High School, Cliffside Park, NJ
Indian Springs School, Indian Springs, AL
Kickapoo High School, Springfield, MO
Lincoln High School, Stockton, CA
Temescal Canyon High School, Lake Elsinore, CA
Tupelo High School, Tupelo, MS

2014–2015 Presentations

ExMASS Program Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

2015–2016 Program Calendar (PDF)

Image Release Form (PDF)

Hosting Student Research Release Form (PDF)

ExMASS Alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards

Next Generation Science Standards: Science and Engineering Practices

Next Generation Science Standards: Nature of Science

Moon 101

Asteroid 101

Lunar Data Resources

ExMASS Advisory Group

For Mentors (Teachers) and Advisors

Other Resources

Archive of 2010–2013 High School Lunar Research Presentations