NASA picks Tech geosciences faculty member's instrument for moon landing
A probe developed by a Texas Tech geophysicist will go on the moon.
The Lister Probe will gather data on lunar sub-surface heat. It's intended to help scientists figure out how the moon was created. It will provide insight into how the earth was formed as well.
The Lister Project is part of NASA's foray into allowing private companies and researchers to join the Space Program. Dr. Seiichi Nagihara called it a dream.
"It is a dream come true for a planetary scientist like me to conduct experiments on an extraterrestrial body with an instrument built to your own specifications," he said.
Dr. Nagihara said this will likely be the future of space exploration. Along with his work on the Lister Probe, Dr. Nagihara is also involved in NASA's Mars 'Insight' Mission.
He plans to build a similar probe to go to Europa, one of Jupiter's icy moons.