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…
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…
[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…
For those of us in the aerospace community, it seems glaringly obvious that space exploration is societally valuable. We can point to hundreds of NASA spin-off technologies, such as mammograms, fire alarms and artificial heart pumps, which are now critical to a happy and healthy terrestrial life. We can note the value of conducting biological…
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