Luis Zea has been chosen to serve on the Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences Research in Space steering committee by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Zea, an assistant research professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences and BioServe Space Technologies at the University of Colorado Boulder is one of 17 researchers from across the United States selected for the panel.
The body will review the state of current and emerging space-related biological and physical sciences research and create recommendations for NASA to advance scientific knowledge, meet human and robotic exploration mission needs, and provide terrestrial benefits for 2023 - 2032.
“These documents inform NASA on which science and technology development aspects to focus during the next decade,” Zea said. “These are great scientists, engineers, and academicians in the Steering Committee, I am honored and humbled to be part of it.”
Zea’s research involves space microbiology, space biofilms, and space biomining. He has been part of numerous International Space Station research missions and is leading a radiation investigation that will launch aboard the Artemis 1 flight planned to orbit the Moon later this year.