Dynamic Response of the Environments at Asteroids, the Moon, and moons of Mars

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Telana Jackson

1. What is your role on the DREAM2 team?

My role is to advance the lunar charging model by considering various objects and also other airless body environments including asteroids. The purpose of this task is to gain a fundamental understanding of an object's electrical interaction with the charged surface and surrounding environmental plasma. This helps us to identify electrostatically challenging regions like those in shadow or polar craters.

2. What about DREAM2 do you find most interesting? Most challenging?

The most interesting thing about DREAM2 is the vast range of expertise in the team. Also the various effects and behavior that charged regolith has.

3. Were you a part of the original DREAM team, funded through the NASA Lunar Science Institute? If so, what was your favorite science result?

Yes, I was a part of the original DREAM team.

4. What other NASA programs or missions have you participated in?

I've participated in an Air Force mission, and other projects involving plasmas and charging.

5. What kind/level of education do you have?

D.Eng in electrophysics from Morgan State University 2008

6. What advice do you have for students who want to work for NASA or on NASA-related research?

My advice would be for students to remember their fundamentals and do their best in school. Also to make sure they exercise those skills and not fall into a place where what they learned is forgotten.

7. What are your favorite things to do outside of work?

My favorite things to do outside of work include reading, playing piano, watching documentaries and dreaming.