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Research Opportunities

Mars Exploration Student Data Teams (MEDST)

The MESDT program consists of teams of high school students analyzing data that is being transmitted from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Students work with real data from the CRISM (Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer from Mars) instrument to assist with future mission landing sites, finding mineral traces associated with certain surface features, and even submit targeted observations of the surface of Mars! Check out more information about the program or apply to participate.

Student Planetary Investigator (PI) Program

The Student PI Program focuses on the Mini-RF instrument. Mini-RF, which stands for Miniature Radio Frequency, is a radar instrument orbiting the Moon on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. It is mapping the lunar poles, searching for water ice and demonstrating new communications technologies. What it finds will support future missions to the Moon. Student PI participants make authentic contributions to this effort. Students (under mentor guidance) join the science team in analyzing real Mini-RF data, using the same software and techniques the mission scientists use. Students develop hypothesis and projects based on data analysis, later presenting their work for peer and science team review. You can also visit for more information. To apply to participate, complete the form at
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