UNK’s Adam Jensen is now leading the group chosen to take part in NASA’s “Exoplanet” project.
Jensen says, “What they wanted to do was to get people with different projects together and start looking for ways we can conduct interdisciplinary research and take this research in new directions that maybe haven’t been done before when working on our own.”
The group includes experts in the areas of earth science, planetary science, astrophysics and heliophysics, which is the study of our sun.
Jensen says his current area of study at UNK directly relates to his role with the Exoplanet project, as he studies what are called the “exospheres” of planets.
He says, “That can tell us some interesting things about how a planet interacts with its star and those are things that would, in turn, tell us about possibly how stable a planet’s atmosphere can be over time, whether or not a planet can maintain that atmosphere and possibly be habitable over a long period of time.”
The Exoplanet project includes team members from 10 universities and two research institutes. The team members were selected from proposals submitted across NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.
By Brent Wiethorn, KKPR, Kearney