NASA's DREAM2 - Evidence of dynamic hydrogen, hydroxyl, and Water at the Moon

Conversation Date: 
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PT (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET)

Join Dr. Bill Farrell, principal investigator of NASA’s Dynamic Response of the Environments at Asteroids, the Moon, and moons of Mars (DREAM2), to learn about NASA’s investigations of hydrogen, hydroxyl, and water at the Moon.  Hear from the expert and ask your questions to connect your audiences with this important topic of NASA science.

DREAM2 incorporates over 30 science investigators from over 10 academic Institutions to study the space environment at exploration targets. DREAM2 is: 

  • A theory, modeling, data analysis research team examining the space environment at airless bodies
  • Answering "How does the space environment affect volatiles, exospheres, plasmas, surface micro-structure, and visiting human systems at any exposed rocky body?"
  • Emphasizing the dynamic solar storms and human interactions at airless bodies.
  • A modeling center that maintains, advances, and integrates state-of-the-art neutral, plasma, radiation, and surface interaction models
  • Sponsored by Solar System Exploration Research Institute (SSERVI) Headquartered out of Ames Research Center Moffett Field CA, 94035

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Nikki Whelley  Nikki Whelley is an Outreach and Logistics Coordinator at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and a Faculty Specialist at the University of Maryland.

Photo of WILLIAM FARRELL  Dr. Bill Farrell is a plasma physicist in the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. He received his Ph. D. from the University of Iowa in 1987, and has been a NASA scientist since 1990. His research interest includes the study of lightning storms at Earth and the planets, the dusty plasma environment at planetary moons and asteroids, the space environment at our own Moon, and planetary auroral & magnetospheric processes. He is a co-investigator on the Cassini mission to Saturn, the Solar Probe Plus mission, and Wind spacecraft. He is also the Principal Investigator of the DREAM2 center for space environments ( that examines the space weather and plasma interactions at the Moon and other airless bodies. His instrument team has built numerous radio hardware components to fly on rockets, balloons, in remotely piloted vehicles, and for space flight. He owns a patent on a lightweight magnetic antenna that will be flown on an upcoming USAF space mission. Dr. Farrell continues to be a scientific reviewer on AGU, EGS, and IEEE journals and he has authored/co-authored over 180 journal articles & book chapters on space science topics.

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