Class of 2022 Exploration Science Summer Interns Announced

April 8, 2022

Class of 2022 Exploration Science Summer Interns Announced

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) is hosting a special summer intern program to involve students in activities that support Artemis missions to the Moon that utilize the Orion crew vehicle, the Deep Space Gateway, the Human Landing System, and robotic assets on the lunar surface. The Exploration Science summer internship 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 of landing sites and traverse plans for multiple destinations that are responsive to NASA objectives.

The Exploration Science Summer Intern Program builds on the success of the Lunar Exploration 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 2022 is designed to have the same impact on future exploration activities.

The 10-week program runs May 31 to August 22, 2022. Applications were accepted from graduate students in geology, planetary science, planetary astronomy, and related topics.

Congratulations to the five students chosen to participate in this summer’s program:

Student University
Arthur Goodwin University of Manchester
Kashauna Mason Texas A&M
Eloy Peña-Asensio Autonomous University of Barcelona
Jennifer Sutherland Intitut Laue-Langevin, TU Berlin
Prateek Tripathi Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee

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.

For more information, visit Exploration Science Summer Intern Program and Center for Lunar Science and Exploration.

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