NASA Fighting against Coronavirus

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 11:48

NASA supercomputers are joining the effort to look for potential treatment and vaccine candidates.

A new initiative brings together NASA and the National Science Foundation as well as a host of Department of Energy laboratories, companies and academic institutions, Space reports.

"I'm proud that @NASA is lending our supercomputing expertise to assist in the global fight against COVID-19," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement on Twitter.

"For more than six decades the agency has used its expertise to take on challenges that have benefited people worldwide in unexpected ways."

One of the areas of NASA redirecting its supercomputer time is the Earth science division, according to Science Mission Directorate head Thomas Zurbuchen.

"Researchers input satellite data to run climate models to predict Earth's future climate," Zurbuchen said in a statement on Twitter. "NASA is pleased to lend our supercomputing expertise to assist in the global fight against #COVID19."

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