mission


Not just a STEM outreach project, GLEE aims to mix space science, technology demonstrations, and hands-on activities for students around the globe.

SCIENCE

GLEE is a science and technology mission to the surface of the Moon conducted by students from every member country in the United Nations. How can you contribute?

Local: Each student team will design a science mission local to their LunaSat that is based on their interests and the expertise of their team and supporting community. Each team will utilize the sensor suite on board the LunaSat and may have the option to add more provided by the GLEE Science team.

Distributed: Each of the 500 LunaSats will be used in different groupings to perform larger-scale and distributed science beyond the individual team's local mission.

Citizen: An app will be developed by the GLEE Science Team to engage the community in the local and distributed science missions.

This is a very cool image of the moon. There is a bluish hue caused by atmospheric refraction, and half of the moon is covered in shadow
Two of our prototype LunaSats. These post-it sized motherboards house numerous scientific and communication sensors on them, allowing for diverse experiments to be performed on the moon

Technology

Initially, a team at Cornell, headed by then grad student Hunter Adams, developed a tiny spacecraft called ChipSat in an attempt to drastically cut down the costs of spaceflight and exploration in Low Earth Orbit. With our goal to expand to the Moon, LunaSats are based on ChipSats and will evolve to reflect GLEE's mission to the lunar surface.

LunaSats will collect temperature, magnetometer, humidity, and inertial measurements. More data can be taken depending on the local and distributed science missions that each team decides to pursue. The mission life for each LunaSat on the Moon is expected to be two lunar days or approximately 56 Earth days.

All selected teams involved with GLEE will receive a base version of the LunaSat which will have an area for them to add more sensors from an approved list and provided to the team by the GLEE Science Team. They will also be able to add code to the LunaSats for these sensors allowing them to carry out their own lunar science mission.

impacts

  • 50,000 Direct Participants. Each of the 500 LunaSat teams will directly engage ~100 students in the hands-on GLEE program. Each team will have local mentors from their school and a local STEM focused companies.
  • 500,000 Indirect Participants. Each of the 500 LunaSat teams will submit a plan to connect with at least 1,000 local people in their community to talk about their GLEE project and experiences.
  • 1,000 Partnerships. Each of the 500 LunaSat teams will engage at least two partnering organizations in their community to help support their efforts with GLEE.