Moroccan Asmaa Boujibar receives $300,000 from NASA

Moroccan Asmaa Boujibar receives $300,000 from NASA
Moroccan Asmaa Boujibar receives $300,000 from NASA

May 1, 2024 – 9:00 PM – World

Moroccan scientist Asmaa Boujibar, assistant professor of planetary sciences at Western Washington University (WWU) in the United States, has received a $300,000 grant from NASA to research the composition of the planet Mercury.

Asmaa Boujibar will use the grant to analyze data collected by NASA’s Messenger probe, which orbited Mercury between 2011 and 2015. She will do this in collaboration with her students and other researchers.

Also read: Asmaa Boujibar, first Moroccan at NASA

In her laboratory, Asmaa Boujibar can create conditions similar to those on Mercury. “We can simulate the interiors of planets, including Earth, in our high-pressure, high-temperature laboratory,” she explains. “We combine surface data with experiments to determine what the interior might look like and get a complete picture of the planet’s composition.”

The NASA grant will enable Asmaa Boujibar and her team to use advanced models to study complex patterns on Mercury’s surface. “We can now use machine learning to process this enormous data set and identify patterns that we cannot see with traditional mathematical techniques,” said Boujibar.

Asmaa Boujibar’s findings will provide valuable insights into the history, present and future of Mercury. They will also be useful for the BepiColombo mission, a joint mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) that will be launched to Mercury in December 2025.

Also read: Moroccan Asmaa Boujibar will work for NASA

Asmaa Boujibar comes from Casablanca and was passionate about space research from an early age. She was the first Moroccan woman to work for NASA.

The article is in Dutch

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