The The Field Investigations to Enable Solar System Science and Exploration (FINESSE) team's first field campaign will occur in Idaho from July 29 to August 8, 2014. The campaign will include a media opportunity hosted by the team on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at the Robert Limbert Visitor Center at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in Idaho. Special activities for news media will include lectures, demonstrations and one-on-one interviews with selected team members.
The FINESSE team, led by NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, is focused on a science and exploration field-based research program to generate strategic knowledge in preparation for human and robotic exploration of our moon, Mars’ moons Phobos and Deimos, and near-Earth asteroids.
World-class researchers, planetary scientists, and experts in robotics and exploration will study the formation of volcanoes, evolution of magma chambers and the formation of multiple lava flow types, as well as the evolution and entrapment of volatile chemicals. The team will utilize samples on Earth to study the geology and chemistry of features formed by volcanic processes.
Additionally, the FINESSE team is collaborating with the Idaho Space Grant Consortium to bring teachers into the field to work side-by-side with NASA scientists.
The team was selected by NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), which is based at Ames. SSERVI is a joint effort by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate. SSERVI's community of scientists helps identify science priorities for exploration of destinations including the moon, near-Earth asteroids and the moons of Mars.
For more information on FINESSE, including the media day agenda, visit: http://spacescience.arc.nasa.gov/finesse/
For more information on Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, including directions to the visitor’s center, visit: http://www.nps.gov/crmo/planyourvisit/visitor-center.htm.
For more information about NASA's plans to explore an asteroid, the agency's Path to Mars, and the Global Exploration Roadmap, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration
Media contact: Maria Alberty, Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., 650-604-1789