NASA has awarded Southern Illinois University Edwardsville $11.5 million in order to expand its citizen science and education activities through a second generation citizen science facility called CosmoQuest. Leading the initiative as principal investigator will be CosmoQuest Project Director and assistant research professor Dr. Pamela Gay.
Dr. Gay, tells the Big Z about the history of CosmoQuest.
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Dr. Gay says that research has not even begun to scratch the surface of what is still to be discovered and that is due mostly to the lack of astronomers doing research. CosmoQuests software and educational activities will be developed at the university. Future programs will expand beyond planetary science with work in partnership with the University of Texas to explore dark energy and the Johnson Space Center to help earth scientists use images from space to study our changing planet.