The Brown/MIT team is jointly hosted by Brown University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) by faculty who share a long history of science interactions. The combined team began with 19 Co-investigators and 13 named Collaborators from 8 institutions, including 6 active foreign collaborators. The principal objective of the Brown/MIT Team has been to establish a center of excellence for lunar science that will not only produce the next generation of knowledgeable and qualified lunar scientists, attract some of the best minds into the field and keep them involved, but also lay the groundwork for future exploration.

The Brown/MIT T.E.A.M is committed to the philosophy that ‘Together Everyone Achieves More’ and works closely together with an integrated implementation plan that is specifically designed to create the environment for active interaction of some of the top scientists and students involved in lunar research.

This team’s work is centered around four integrated science themes:
1. Evolution of the Lunar Magma Ocean: Addresses the fundamental compositional and physical properties of the evolving magma system during the first few hundred million years of lunar history. What occurs during this critical period sets the stage for all subsequent events.

2. Post-magma Ocean Structure and Evolution: This is an early era common to most silicate planets. There is much to learn about how the resulting internal structure and thermal evolution of the Moon affected fundamental processes such as core formation and re-melting of the mantle producing basaltic volcanism on the surface.

3. Deciphering the Crustal Record: Focuses on the properties of the lunar surface that can be studied and explored with orbital data and on processes that can be addressed using the unique lunar environment. Global and local science issues require extensive collaborative research across disciplines.

4. Looking to the Future, Learning from the Past: Draws from considerable experience planning for and working on the Moon. We recognize the complexities of integrating science requirements with long-term goals.

To date, activities associated with our NLSI activities have resulted in 73 separate peer-reviewed articles and 140 abstracts/presentations contributed by the Brown/MIT NLSI team. Of these, 26 of the peer-reviewed papers and 61 of the abstract/presentations are led by students.

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SSERVI Science Teams

  • Observations of the lunar impact plume from the LCROSS event

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    McMath‐Pierce telescope observed sodium (Na) emission from LCROSS impact on October 9, 2009.When the Lunar Crater Observing and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) impacted Cabeus crater on October 9th, it pitched up frozen water along with some sodium, astronomers reported today.

    According to the LCROSS team, the impact event pitched up about 660 pounds of water frozen on the bottom of the crater. NLSI researcher R. M. Killen at NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center reported that the plume also contained about 3.3 pounds of sodium chloride.

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If you weigh 120 pounds, you would weigh only 20 pounds on the moon.

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