Purdue in Space

Gene Kranz to share the untold story of Apollo 11

Gene Kranz

Apollo 11's flight director, Gene Kranz, will present "Go or No-Go: The Untold Story of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing" at Purdue University. The event will take place at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 18 in Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse (free tickets required). It's one of several public Purdue events celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, and one of our most notable alumni, Neil Armstrong.


Learn about all the Apollo 11 events at Purdue.

 


How would you survive on Mars?

How would you survive on Mars?

The Resilient ExtraTerrestrial Habitats Institute is working to ensure that the first long-term settlement on other planetary bodies are safe from hazards such as a meteoroid colliding with the moon or violent sandstorms on Mars. Shirley Dyke, head of Purdue University’s RETH Institute, said she noticed that the habitats on other planets portrayed on TV don’t look realistic. In order to keep occupants alive, a habitat system on another planet would have to be much more sophisticated, even smart.


Read the full story about survival on Mars

 


Meet Purdue’s Virgin Galactic Astronaut

Meet Purdue’s Virgin Galactic Astronaut

Space tourism may sound like a concept that only exists in the pages of a Ray Bradbury novel, but it’s much closer to a reality than you might think. Purdue alumna Beth Moses is the Chief Astronaut Instructor and Cabin Test Lead at Virgin Galactic, a commercial spaceflight company that’s preparing to send space tourists to the final frontier beginning later this year. In fact, Beth just returned from a Virgin Galactic flight last month as its first cabin evaluator. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s in aerospace engineering from Purdue, previously worked at NASA as the Extravehicular System Manager for the International Space Station.

Read the full Q&A with Beth Moses on Medium.com.

 


Living on Mars: Purdue team to lead simulation facility mission

Living on Mars: Purdue team to lead simulation facility mission

The air may be breathable and the location is on planet Earth, but for two weeks a multidisciplinary team of Purdue students and alumni will eat, sleep, work and live like they’re on Mars.

For the second consecutive year, a Purdue team will undergo a mission at the Mars Desert Research Station facility in Utah, conducting a number of experiments and living life as though stationed on the fourth planet from the sun.

Read the full story about the Martian Makers' journey.

 


Julia Badger: Designing the Future of Space Robots

Julia Badger: Designing the Future of Space Robots

Not many people can claim that they programmed the first humanoid robot in space. Julia Badger (BSME '03) saw her hard work pay off with Robonaut, a sleek feat of humanoid technology that flew on the International Space Station. Today, as the Project Manager for the Robotics and Intelligence for Human Spacecraft Team at NASA's Johnson Space Center, she is designing the next generation of autonomous robots that will help humans explore the solar system.

Read the full story about Badger's journey.

 


John Vellinger: From Chix in Space to a Company in Space

John Vellinger: From Chix in Space to a Company in Space

What do you say about someone who has had the same job since the 8th grade? As a student in the 1980s, John Vellinger (BSME '89) won a contest that sent chickens into space. He then utilized that experience to found a company called Techshot, which custom-builds experimental modules for the International Space Station.

Read the full story about Vellinger's journey.

 


Mark Geyer brings daring-but-reasoned approach to director role at NASA's Johnson Space Center

Boiler Up - Mark Geyer brings daring-but-reasoned approach to director role at NASA's Johnson Space Center

Mark Geyer (BSAAE '82, MSAAE '83), who became the 12th director of NASA's Johnson Space Center in late May, is ready to remind the world NASA is "back in the business of launching people" into space.

Read the full story about Geyer's ascent to director.

 

 

 


AAE alum Bolinger eager to take next step at NASA, as flight director

Boiler Up - Allison Bolinger chosen to become Flight Director

Allison Bolinger (BSAAE ’04) moved into an elite corps in July, being named a flight director at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

For Bolinger, it’s just another step in a considerable journey at NASA that she says started when she was just a kid...

Read the full story about Bolinger's journey.

 


More Purdue Alumni In Space

I'm a professor of spacewalking: Alissa Battocletti

I build gloves for spacesuits: Amy Ross

I'm a geologist, and space ROCKS! Drew Feustel

I flew jets, and now I fly rockets: Scott Tingle
"No institution has contributed more to our nation’s human spaceflight program than Purdue. And our university stands ready to prepare and inspire the next generation of space explorers." — Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., President of Purdue University

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