Team Five-O investigates volatile origins and evolution, and examines volatile-soil interactions.
Research that intersects science and human exploration
ICE Five-O is composed of scientists from around the globe. The multidisciplinary team of researchers—who are leaders in their areas of specialization—commits itself to researching topics related to volatile evolution and regolith development on airless bodies like the Moon and asteroids, and researching how volatiles may enable future human space exploration—volatiles are molecules that easily evaporate at relatively low temperatures. Our efforts are focused at the intersection of science and exploration in order to address fundamental questions about the Earth-Moon system and extend human presence in the Solar System.
The Team is headed by Jeffrey Gillis-Davis at Washington University in St. Louis. The Five-O network of scientists incorporates domestic institutions across the USA (Hawaii, California, and Texas, Maryland) and international partner institutions in Canada.
- Research by Lionel Vascher and Ryan Ogliore makes news. Studying the composition of meteorite Acfer 094 reveals information about our sun’s stellar nursery. Read Sculpted by Starlight.
- Ryan Ogliore talks with KMOX radio about the OSIRIS-Rex mission and its return of samples from asteroid Bennu.
- Jeff Gillis-Davis presented “What We Still Don’t Know About The Moon and What We’ll Achieve with Artemis” to the Academy of Science, St. Louis.
- Brad Jolliff discusses the treasure trove of samples brought back from the Moon by China’s Cheng’E 5 mission.
- WashU Scientists Study Moon Ice To Help Astronauts Explore Solar System. Gillis-Davis and Ogliore interviewed by St. Louis Public Radio
- Where Did The Moon’s Water Come From? WashU Researchers Search For Answers. Gillis-Davis on the air at St. Louis public Radio
- Investigating water ice, space weathering on the Moon. Article in WashU’s The Source.
- St. Louis Fireball and Meteorite Search. Researchers search meteorite.