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The Rice Space Institute is partnering with the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES: pacificspacecenter.com) in Hilo, HI to broadcast the Houston Spaceport Frontier Lectures to a broader audience.
The experiment starts tonight with the opening lecture of the season by Space Icon, Wayne Hale. Look forward to seeing you there and Aloha PISCES!
Rice engineering students have selected several projects this year that will develop solutions to problems posed by NASA. The senior projects teams will use their diverse skills to deliver working prototypes of systems that solve challenges NASA faces for long duration exploration missions. Projects selected were:
· Design, build, and validate an intelligent work system to assist astronauts in performing operational tasks in in an extreme environment
· Design and build novel concepts for planetary base habitat furniture
· Develop and measure the efficacy of an automated clothes sanitizer using a novel device to save on mass required for clothes for long duration missions
In addition, a freshman team will develop and deliver a modular concept for a configurable robot obstacle course to facilitate testing. One other sponsored project is looking for a faculty member to take on, so will be announced later if it comes to fruition. The projects are a result ideas posed by Exploration, Engineering and Human Health and Performance Directorates at the Johnson Space Center.
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film Auditorium Rice Media Center
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas, USA
Commissioned by the Rice Space Institute Arts Initiative, ONE SMALL STEP follows the journeys of NASA’s Apollo missions to the moon. On the 45th anniversary of man’s first steps on the moon and the 25th anniversary of the acclaimed documentary film FOR ALL MANKIND, artists Peter Lucas and Camilo Gonzalez have creatively transformed that film’s beautifully restored NASA footage and recordings of astronauts’ recollections into an engaging, new experience, and an allegory for all “giant leaps.” The film is approximately 30 minutes in length. There will be a Q&A to follow the screening with artists Peter Lucas and Camillo Gonzalez, and a meet & greet reception in the Visual and Dramatic Arts Gallery. FREE ADMISSION
RSI is proud to open the new academic year with a Houston Spaceport Lecture by noted space icon, Wayne Hale Jr.
DATE: Thursday September 11
TIME: 6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm presentation
Location: McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall, Rice University
Title: Changing the Culture of Human Space Flight – How we returned the Space Shuttle to flight after Columbia
Full details will be forthcoming at spacefrontiers.rice.edu.