Group Photograph of the REVEALS Team



The Radiation Effects on Volatiles and Exploration of Asteroids and Lunar Surfaces


REVEALS is a Global Multidisciplinary Team Dedicated to Researching Todays Vital Topics for Future Manned Space Exploration

Based in Atlanta, at Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, REVEALS is a member of SSERVI (Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute), a NASA program that fosters collaborations within and among competitively selected domestic teams, the broader exploration science community, and multiple international partners.

The primary goals of the REVEALS Team are twofold:

Developing New Materials to Detect and Shield Future Space Explorers from Radiation

This research is focused on answering the following questions:

  • Can nanocomposite materials reduce the risks associated with radiation on the lunar surface or on Mars’ moons so that astronauts can spend more time exploring?
  • Can the novel properties of new materials be exploited to develop real-time radiation monitors?
  • Can new polymer-based flexible materials be incorporated into spacesuits and/or vehicles to enhance human safety during surface operations?

Researching and Understanding the Interaction of Radiation and Micrometeorites with the Surfaces of Airless Bodies

This research is focused on answering the following questions:

  • What are the primary mechanisms, such as solar wind, that produce, transport, or destroy volatiles – substances that readily vaporize, like water and hydrogen – on airless celestial bodies?
  • Does micrometeorite bombardment contribute to the evolution of volatiles?
  • Is there an operationally useful inventory of resources on these airless bodies that can support human exploration? Could water and other elements be mined somehow on site?


The International team includes researchers from:
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • European Space Agency
  • INAF-Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Italy
  • Jackson State University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat, Heidelberg
  • Universita' Degli Studi Di Roma La Sapienza
  • University of California, Davis
  • University Of Central Florida / Florida Space Institute
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Oregon
  • University Stuttgart


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