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How would you survive on Mars?

Mars Simulation Image

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.

NASA flight director, AAE alum Flores 'humbled' by new role

Marcos Flores, who earned a master's online from Purdue in 2015, is part of a six-member class of NASA flight directors.

Seemingly every time they handed a new toy to son Marcos, he’d dismantle it, desperate to determine the concept of each one. That curiosity was an early indication of a burgeoning engineer. Funny, though: All the space-related toys they bought Marcos as a kid? Those didn’t get broken down.

Read the full story about Flores's journey.

Mars may provide our best glimpses into Earth's beginnings. Meet the Purdue researcher exploring the Red Planet

Briony Horgan, a professor of earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences, searches Mars for clues about its early history, and ours. (Purdue University photo/John Underwood)

Mars is one of the most habitable planets in our solar system, and it has more in common with Earth than you might think. This is why NASA’s been exploring the planet for more than 50 years – it’s a way to uncover the ancient history of life on Earth.

Briony Horgan, a professor of earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences at Purdue University and scientist on NASA’s Curiosity and 2020 Mars rover missions, has spent much of her career trying to understand the history of the moon and Mars.

Read the full story about Horgan'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.

Spacesuit Designer Puts Astronauts in Good Hands

Boiler Up - Spacesuit Designer Puts Astronauts in Good Hands

When astronauts go to the Moon or Mars, what spacesuits will protect them there? Amy Ross (BSME '94, MSME '96) is the head of Advanced Spacesuit Pressure Garment Development at NASA.

She designed the gloves that every astronaut has used since 1998; now her sights are set on the future. With the introduction of the Z2 spacesuit, future astronauts will be able to walk, run, kneel down, crawl, and explore planetary surfaces with unprecedented comfort, protection, and versatility.

Read the full story about Ross's spacesuit innovation.

Drew Feustel Suits Up for Third Space Mission

Boiler Up - Drew Feustel Suits Up for Third Space Mission

From studying car design in community college and racing in the Purdue Grand Prix to exploring for oil to servicing the Hubble telescope, Dr. Andrew “Drew” Feustel (BS ‘89, MS ’91, EAPS) has had anything but a typical career trajectory.

Drew is a veteran of two spaceflights, having logged more than 29 days in space with over 42 hours in spacewalks.

Drew’s launch to the International Space Station will take place on March 21, 2018. Once at the station, he will join fellow Boilermaker astronaut Scott Tingle, who launched on his mission in December.

Read the full story about Feustel's journey to space.

Purduette Becomes a “Professor” of Spacewalking

Boiler Up - Purduette Becomes a “Professor” of Spacewalking

Allissa Battocletti (BSAAE ’11) works for the Flight Operations Directorate at Houston’s Johnson Space Center. Her area of expertise is Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) Operations: spacewalks.

Allissa, a former Purduette, works with with Mission Control to write procedures, and actually talk the astronauts through what they need to do

The story of how Allissa came to NASA begins, as many of these stories do, with one small step.

Read the full story about how Battocletti became a “Professor” of Spacewalking.

Scott Tingle becomes Purdue's 23rd astronaut

Boiler Up - Tingle launches to International Space Station

Scott Tingle (MSME '88) is an engineer and a Navy test pilot. At age 52, he's added "astronaut" to that list.

Scott is the 23rd Purdue graduate to become an astronaut, having launched to the International Space Station on December 17, 2017.

he years of training are over, and Scott’s childhood dream has now been realized.

Read the full story about Tingle's journey to space.

Purdue News About Space

Life on Mars: ABE graduate Jake Qiu - February 28, 2019

What IF the sky is not the limit? - February 4, 2019

NASA to Preview Two International Space Station Spacewalks, Provide Live Coverage - September 11, 2018

Meet the Purdue Ph.D. helping astronauts to breathe easy - August 10, 2018

NASA flight director, AAE alum Flores 'humbled' by new role - July 24, 2018

LA Times profile of Ben Diachun (BSME '99), president of Scaled Composites - June 8, 2018

Scott Tingle's Space Station Blog

Astronaut Feustel to receive honorary degree, speak live from International Space Station during Purdue commencement - May 3, 2018

See an astronaut's-eye view of race courses from 250 miles above - April 18, 2018

Houston, We Have a Podcast with Drew Feustel - March 2, 2018

Purdue Space Program to compete with groundbreaking liquid-fueled rocket - February 28, 2018

Purdue alumni selected for space council Users Advisory Group - February 22, 2018

Chinese space lab to fall back to Earth in April - February 20, 2018

Out of this world excitement at Purdue after SpaceX launch - February 7, 2018

Distinguished Alumni, Jonathan M. Edwards of SpaceX - February 6, 2018

NASA Astronauts Wrap Up First Spacewalk of 2018 - January 23, 2018

Expedition 54 photo gallery from NASA - December 17, 2017

Houston, We Have a Podcast with Scott Tingle - December 15, 2017

How This Guy’s Love Of Cars Sent Him To The International Space Station - December 11, 2017

Research shows why meteoroids explode before they reach Earth - December 11, 2017

Purdue students, alums take on mission to Mars habitat simulation - December 4, 2017

Scott Tingle becomes Purdue's 23rd astronaut - November 17, 2017

Purdue professor named American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics executive director - October 23, 2017

Potential human habitat located on the moon - October 18, 2017

Ancient asteroid impact exposes the moon’s interior - October 4, 2017

New CubeSat propulsion system uses water as propellant - August 7, 2017

Purdue grad among 12 announced as NASA’s newest astronauts -  June 8, 2017

Purdue project with West Lafayette students ready for lift-off - May 4, 2017

Purdue astronaut reaches out via Twitter to share mission training - March 28, 2017

Device meant to feed astronauts on Mars may first make debut in Africa - April 18, 2017

Rolls-Royce, Purdue aerospace takes flight with new jet engine facility - March 23, 2017

Three Purdue alums take on duties for NASA space station mission - January 23, 2017

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