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To most people, this summer's 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's historic walk on the moon was cause for celebration. But for many researchers in Indiana, it's also a unique moment to help drive the future of space exploration. 

NASA Pegs Purdue For Deep Space Habitat Research

Apr 11, 2019
Illustration of the interior of a deep space habitat.  (Photo credit NASA)
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A new project out of Purdue University will explore habitat options in deep space. The Resilient ExtraTerrestrial Habitats institute is one of two new programs recently announced by NASA.

Indiana Native To Lead NASA's Johnson Space Center

May 16, 2018

A Hoosier has been chosen as the next director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.  Mark Geyer was born in Indianapolis and received his bachelors and masters degrees in aeronautics at Purdue University.  

Geyer has spent nearly 30 years with NASA.  His most current role is with the human explorations and operations missions where he provided direction for all NASA missions involving humans. 

In a statement from NASA Geyer said it’s an honor to lead the center.

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The last man to walk on the moon – NASA astronaut and Purdue University graduate Gene Cernan -- has died.

Cernan became the answer to a trivia question when he was the last human to leave his footprints on the lunar surface as part of the Apollo 17 crew in 1972.

But historian John Norberg, who’s written about Purdue’s connections to the space race, says Cernan wouldn’t want today’s students to think of him that way.

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It will take more than engineers to put men on Mars.

That was NASA administrator Charles Bolden’s response to Purdue’s “Systems Collaboratory” program during a recent trip to campus. The initiative is designed to broaden the scope of student understanding in areas other than their major.

For example, an engineer or agriculture student taking communication or political science classes to add what Purdue Provost Deba Dutta calls a “human element.”

Dutta says today’s industries want this type of educational diversity.

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There are a couple different types of pull that are critical to a Mars travel project a group of Purdue aeronautics students is crafting. One is gravitational – tugging spacecraft in a continuous elliptical orbit around the sun so they don’t have to be wastefully launched from earth every time. It’s a model that uses a craft called a “cycler” – and that’s where the other pull comes in.

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Purdue President Mitch Daniels testified Wednesday before a Congressional committee that wanted to grill him about a report arguing for manned spaceflight to Mars.

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology questioned Daniels and Cornell University professor Jonathan Lunine about a report from a committee the two men co-chaired looking at the future of American space exploration.

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The United States needs to spend more – a lot more – on space flight if astronauts are ever going to land on Mars.

That’s the finding of a report issued by a committee co-chaired by Purdue President Mitch Daniels. Daniels says while the reasons to go to space have changed in the past 60 years, the need to go remains.

The Indiana Space Grant Consortium is accepting applications for those studying or teaching science, technology, engineering and math. Opportunities include scholarships, internships and funding for outreach projects.

Purdue Professor Barrett Caldwell is the director of the Consortium. He says the goal is to promote STEM disciplines and ultimately NASA, which funds the group’s efforts.

Purdue professor part of NASA's virtual institute

Dec 4, 2013

NASA is combining nine new research teams into the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). The goal is to focus on questions concerning space science and human space exploration.

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