The Remote, In Situ, and Synchrotron Studies for Science and Exploration (RIS4E) team is one of nine nodes of NASA’s new Solar System Exploration and Research Virtual Institute. Our team is addressing key aspects of the science and exploration of the Moon and other Solar System bodies Using a comprehensive approach to better understand the spectral data of samples and surfaces, how we will one day safely explore those surfaces, and in turn maximize our measurements of all samples, especially small, precious returned samples, RIS4E will produce a wealth of information and a team of well-trained next generation scientists.This talk, as a celebration of International Observe the Moon Night, will provide an overview of the five-year RIS4E effort, which is divided into four main research themes. These themes are:
Timothy Glotch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Stony Brook, where he has been since 2007. He completed his Ph.D. in Geosciences at Arizona State University in 2004 and was a postdoc at Caltech from 2005-2007. His research is focused on using laboratory spectroscopic techniques and sophisticated light scattering models to enable more quantitative interpretation of spectroscopic data sets. This work includes using laboratory visible/near-infrared reflectance, thermal infrared emission, and Raman spectroscopies, both on remote sensing platforms and in the laboratory, to determine the composition of geologic materials on the surfaces of the Moon, asteroids, Mars, and its moons. He has received NASA group achievement awards for his work with the Odyssey THEMIS and MER Mini-TES instruments that have flown to Mars and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment. He is a Co-Investigator on Diviner, which has been orbiting the Moon since 2009. In 2012, he was awarded the National Science Foundation Early Career Award. He is the Principal Investigator of the $5.5M Remote, In Situ, and Synchrotron Studies for Science and Exploration (RIS4E) team, which is part of NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI).