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Colorado Center for Lunar Dust and Atmospheric Studies (CCLDAS)

Moon glow in Earth's light

Researchers within CCLDAS study the lunar dust/plasma environment through a combination of modeling, theoretical work and laboratory experiments. (Courtesy NASA/JPL/USGS)

CCLDAS, housed at CU-Boulder and led by LASP scientist Mihály Horányi, is one of several NASA National Lunar Science Institute nodes. CCLDAS focuses on studying the lunar dust/plasma environment through modeling, theoretical work, and laboratory experiments.

In an ongoing effort to educate and train the next generation of lunar scientists and engineers, CCLDAS employs students in all aspects of research, from computer modeling to hands-on experiments in the lab. Students even have opportunities to participate in professional-level NASA missions, including the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE).

CCLDAS is an interdisciplinary program that addresses basic physical and applied questions regarding lunar dust and dusty plasma, including issues important to ensure human safety and long-term usability of mechanical and optical devices on the Moon.

By providing experimental facilities to scientists and institutions around the world, CCLDAS helps develop new experimental processes to determine:

  • The effects that a charged surface mobilizing dusty particles has on the lunar atmosphere
  • How solar radiation is responsible for the lunar dusty atmosphere
  • How dust can be mitigated on lunar missions

To learn more about the Colorado Center for Lunar Dust and Atmospheric Studies, see: http://lasp.colorado.edu/ccldas.