The Dust Mitigation focus area will work to develop dust mitigation technologies that protect lunar systems in use on the lunar surface from the threat of contamination and damage from local dust.Capability areas in need of dust mitigation include optical systems, thermal surfaces, fabrics, mechanisms, seals and soft goods, and gaseous filtration. High priority areas for investigation are surface stabilization, dust tolerant textiles, filtration, electromechanics and magnetics, aswell as dust mitigation structures. The team will work to adapt terrestrial technology for the space environment, and to mature environmental testing technologies.
The kickoff telecon for the Dust Mitigation Focus Group was held on Thursday, June 18.
Dr. Jorge Núñez is a senior planetary scientist and astrobiologist in the Space Exploration Sector at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He received dual BS degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Physics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from ArizonaState University (ASU). His primary research focuses on studying the geology and composition of planetary surfaces from the micro-to the macro-scale using a variety of remote sensing and in situ techniques,as well as development of instruments and technologies for extreme environments such as the Moon, Mars, and beyond. He is a team member on multiple planetary missions and instruments. He has expertise in microscopy, visible/near-infrared spectroscopy, and instrument development.Dr.Núñezalsocoordinates the Planetary Exploration Research Lab (PERL) at APL. Over the years, he has participated in several analog field tests simulating robotic and human missions to the Moon, including NASA ISRU and Desert RATS field tests, and worked with lunar samples collected during the Apollo missions. He is a Fulbright Scholar and the recipient of a NASA Early Career Fellowship and multiple NASA Group Achievement awards. Asteroid 176610 Núñez was named in his honor.
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