Space: The Final Frontier. That iconic phrase opened every episode of the original Star Trek series, which featured a team of intrepid space explorers that included the colorful, quotable Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy. Today, another McCoy is exploring new parts of outer space, even if he’s not actually going there. That would be Jake McCoy, an astrophysics graduate student at the University of Iowa who was recently selected for a three-year NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship. It’s hard for even the brightest scientific minds to break into NASA’s orbit, but McCoy managed it on his first attempt. “It was the
Coming out of the Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution of the 18th century, scholars understood two things their predecessors hadn’t known about the universe: It’s incredibly vast, and the Earth isn’t at the center of it. Together, these realizations started a new vein of inquiry in the sciences and beyond, one that boiled down to a single question — is there life out there? Finding the answer to that question has captured the human imagination ever since. Encounters with extraterrestrials have been featured in works from artists ranging from H.G. Wells to Steven Spielberg. And scientific programs to find life of any
More than 30 years ago, Sally Ride became the first American woman and the youngest-ever astronaut to travel to space. Today, Jillian Yuricich, a junior majoring in aerospace engineering at Ohio State, wants to follow in the footsteps of Ride and 57 other women who’ve made that journey. Though it’s a relatively small, exclusive group, Yuricich is confident that she’ll be joining their ranks soon. And thanks to their pioneering efforts, the trails she’ll be blazing will be mostly above the stratosphere. “I never felt alienated from my interests because of my gender,” she said. “I just follow my dreams.
A team of five women took an out-of-this-world approach to their senior capstone project, designing suits for NASA instead of the runway.
If all goes according to plan, a group of University of Nebraska students will go up in a microgravity flight simulator this May to see if an astronaut can absorb a robotic capsule that can diagnose internal disease. Students from the University of Nebraska’s College of Engineering, along with students from other disciplines, have been working since October on an experiment they plan to conduct while going into 30 parabolic loops on a flight out of NASA’s Houston base. This is the seventh year the UN College of Engineering has worked with NASA Microgravity University, which involves college students from
Purdue University graduates have walked on the moon, worked in the Mir Space Station, and flown the Shuttle. They also have contributed many others who work at NASA or in the burgeoning private space programs. And eight of the Purdue astronauts came back on campus to talk about their careers and experiences. President Mitch Daniels explained the motivation for the reunion of the illustrious graduates, “There are few things that Purdue is prouder of than our runaway contribution to the space programs: 23 astronauts and 37 space missions, as well as countless other people who contributed to the space program.
Last week, the University of Illinois announced that astronaut Mike Hopkins will deliver the commencement address on May 17. The University of Nebraska Medical Center hosted a team of Russian scientists recently. A professor at Michigan State is nationally known for his potato research. Yesterday, the annual FestiFools parade hit the streets of Ann Arbor, Mich. Find out more about this collection of “magnificent, huge, bizarre and politically incorrect” art on their website.