Green Stuff: Space Exploits Tangentially Related to St. Paddy’s

Being a college student gives one a pretty unique vantage point on what may be considered the most revered and holy collegiate holiday: Saint Patrick’s Day. We all know it: the Chicago river is dyed green; the beer flows like… well, beer; and all around the country, college students prepare for a weekend of pretending…



How do the presidential candidates stack up when it comes to space?

Before stepping up to the polls, see how the 2016 presidential candidates shape-up when it comes to NASA and space exploration. Senator Ted Cruz Rating: B Ted Cruz (R-Texas) strongly supports NASA… so long as it’s not turning its gaze towards Earth. In a January 14, 2015 press release shortly after his appointment as Chairman…



Debate: What is the Purpose of Space Exploration? The Case for Settlement

 What is the fundamental purpose of space exploration? This question was posed to two of our SEDS-UM members who approached the question from extremely different perspectives. From their discussion, two schools of thought arose: The purpose of space exploration is the pursuit of science. The purpose of space exploration is space settlement. Below are the opening remarks…



Debate: What is the Purpose of Space Exploration? The Case for Science

 What is the fundamental purpose of space exploration? This question was posed to two of our SEDS-UM members who approached the question from extremely different perspectives. From their discussion, two schools of thought arose: The purpose of space exploration is the pursuit of science. The purpose of space exploration is colonization. Below are the opening remarks for…



Man Walked on the Moon… or Did He?

So, space is cool and all, and we should engineer things for it, and go there and explore, and bring back souvenirs… but we forget to ask ourselves THE fundamental questions. Does space exploration actually exist? Did we land on the moon, or was that a sound studio? Were the Beatles within spitting distance of…



Professor Profiles: Dr. Marsik – The Man, The Myth, The Meteorologist

UMich has staying power. With a large alumni base and a deeply embedded sense of devotion to campus, it isn’t surprising that: A lot of students are second or third generation UMichiganders The university draws a significant percentage of professors from its alumni base. Take Dr. Frank Marsik from the CLaSP department. Professor Marsik teaches…



Student Profiles: Robert Gitten – Promoting Manned Spaceflight

Robert Gitten, SEDS-UM counsel member and aerospace engineering junior, is an unapologetic “Martian”. His passion for promoting manned spaceflight, specifically Mars colonization, has permeated his academic career and professional goals, driving him to pursue opportunities as divergent as a Nuclear Engineering research position in Shanghai to an internship at Lockheed’s Orion Program. Rob’s fascination with…



NASA: Age of Ult-Dawn

Earlier this year, the Dawn mission made history by arriving at Ceres, the largest known body in the asteroid belt. The probe had previously visited Vesta, another large proto-planet, and was therefore the first manmade object to orbit two extraterrestrial bodies within its lifetime. Touted as the next generation of NASA exploratory missions (hence the…



NASA Releases Plan for Putting Man on Mars

This past week at the International Astronomical Conference in Jerusalem, Israel, NASA announced its official plan for sending astronauts to Mars by the late 2030’s. NASA’s plan, laid out in its report “Journey to Mars,” consists of three main phases that are intended to incrementally address the abundant challenges of manned interplanetary travel. Phase 1…



Student Profiles: Caue Borlina – Exploring Mars and Beyond

[Ed. The views here are those of Caue’s alone and are not representative of SEDS@UM or SEDS as a national organization. We love doctors!] Caue Borlina is a senior in Aerospace Engineering, also minoring in Physics. Caue is passionate about planetary science and space exploration. He is currently a scientific collaborator for the NASA Mars…