UND Receives $437,000 from NASA for Near-Earth Object Program
John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
Contact: Karen Ryba/Phone: 701-777-4761
April 9, 2007
UND Receives $437,000 from NASA
for Near-Earth Object Program
(Grand Forks, North Dakota): NASA has awarded the University of North Dakota's (UND's) Department of Space Studies a three-year grant for $437,000 to support advanced research within NASA's Near-Earth Object Observations (NEOO) program. In 2004, Space Studies was awarded a grant from NASA to provide proof of concept of an advanced technique for investigating near-Earth objects (NEO). The new larger grant will provide support to obtain detailed characterizations of the surface compositions of NEOs. Such information will be used to investigate the early history of the solar system. It will also be used to plan mitigation strategies for NEOs that will potentially impact the Earth. The NEOO Program is a part of NASA's planetary protection effort.
The team involved in NEO research program includes Dr. Mike Gaffey (Space Studies' Interim Chair),
Dr. Paul Hardersen (Assistant Professor, Space Studies), Paul Abell (former Space Studies graduate and current NASA employee), Dr. Faith Vilas (Director of the Multi-Mirror Telescope Observatory in Arizona), and Sherry Fieber-Beyer and Vishnu Reddy (two current Space Studies graduate students).
About Space Studies: The Department of Space Studies offers a program leading to a Master of Science degree. This interdisciplinary program studies the conditions and implications of humankind's entry into space: including the political, legal, technical, scientific, economic, and historical impacts on a national and international level. Designed to prepare the student for positions in the commercial and governmental sectors of the rapidly growing field of space exploration and development, the Space Studies M.S. is offered on campus and over the Internet. The Department of Space Studies is consistently innovative in the delivery of education services, and is now planning for the creation of a Ph.D. program offered on campus and at a distance. Students with a variety of professional backgrounds from all over the world participate in our program.
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