Author archives: Ariel

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…



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 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…



The Battle Cry: Taking Space to Capitol Hill

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…