To put together for the subsequent large leap in house exploration—touring to Mars—the NASA Artemis program is planning to ship people again to the moon by 2024. But first, Artemis scientists are sending up a bunch of science tasks, and a BU telescope is certainly one of them.
The Lunar Environment Heliospheric X-ray Imager (LEXI) is being designed and constructed in a lab on Cummington Street by a crew of engineers led by Brian Walsh, a BU College of Engineering assistant professor of mechanical engineering. In 2023, LEXI can be hitching a experience on Firefly Aerospace’s Blue Ghost lunar lander, alongside 9 different science and expertise payloads.
Blue Ghost will contact down in fall 2023 at a touchdown website in the moon’s Mare Crisium (Sea of Crisis), a low-lying basin simply northeast of the Sea of Tranquility, the place Apollo 11, carrying the first human guests to the moon, landed in 1969. Once on the moon, LEXI will take the first-of-its-kind X-ray photos of the Earth’s magnetosphere, serving to scientists research how the magnetic fields round Earth work together with photo voltaic wind. The new information will give us important insights into how house climate and different cosmic forces surrounding our planet influence Earth.