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Houston Matters (KUHF) discusses Houston Spaceport

April 24th, 2014 by David Alexander

You can check out the broadcast here.  Spaceport discussion starts around 19m 30s into show.

Mike Massimino’s Spaceport Lecture now available.

April 20th, 2014 by David Alexander

A video of NASA astronaut Mike Massimino’s recent lecture at Rice University on March 13 can now be viewed here.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SOUND QUALITY IS NOT VERY GOOD.

Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium: RSI Prize Winner

April 20th, 2014 by David Alexander

Congratulations to Benjamin Lewis for winning this year’s Rice Space Institute Prize at the Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium for his poster “Investigating Shockwave Electron Injection in High Field Laser Plasma Wakefield Acceleration”.    The RSI Prize is an annual prize sponsored by the Marlar Foundation.

Thanks to all of the other students who participated.  It was a strong field this year.

Leadership Rice Summer Internship

April 20th, 2014 by David Alexander

RSI would like to congratulate Jared Elinger for his selection in the Leadership Rice program. The Summer Mentorship Experience (SME) is a competitive summer internship program for Rice undergraduates who aspire to high-level leadership. He will be doing exoskeleton engineering work this summer in the NASA JSC Robotic Systems Technology Branch.

50 years of Space Science at Rice University

April 18th, 2014 by David Alexander

An historic achievement in the history of space science at Rice.  For full article see HERE.

RSI Space Film Festival: April 22-27

March 31st, 2014 by David Alexander

Please join us for the First Rice Space Institute Film Festival. The event starts with a warm-up event  on Tuesday April 22nd at 14Pews. We will be showing the film “Man on a Mission: Richard Garriott’s Road to the Stars (2010)” documenting computer game developer Richard Garriott’s private spaceflight to the International Space Station. Evening includes a reception and Q&A with RSI Director, David Alexander.

Details for the actual event on April 25-27 at the Rice Media Center are still developing but information on the movies we will be showing and discussing can be found at rsifilmfestival.com.

Houston Spaceport Frontiers Lecture, Apr 3 2014

March 31st, 2014 by David Alexander

Please join us for the last in this season’s lectures.  Dr. Judith Lean will discuss what we know about our neighborhood star and its influence on the Earth.

Details at spacefrontiers.rice.edu.

Hope to see you on thursday.


Richard David’s Spaceport talk now online

March 7th, 2014 by David Alexander

A video reprisal of the Spaceport lecture by NewSpace Global’s Richard David (NewSpace: A Great Innovation Economy Emerges) can be found here.

Houston Spaceport Frontiers Lecture March 13

March 7th, 2014 by David Alexander

For the next lecture of the Houston Spaceport Frontier Lectures will welcome back our old friend and colleague, Astronaut Mike Massimino.  Mass will be talking about his experiences on his two Hubble Space Telescope repair missions.  The lecture will be held on Thursday Mar 13, 2014 in McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall at Rice University. Details of Mike’s talk can be found at  spacefrontiers.rice.edu.

RSI sponsors Undergraduate Research Prize

February 26th, 2014 by David Alexander

For the 2nd year, the RSI Space Institute will award a $250 cash prize to the best space poster at the annual Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium.  The RSI prize recognizes an outstanding project demonstrating innovative research “that furthers our knowledge or understanding of the universe, enhances our ability to explore space, or extends a terrestrial technology application for use in space.”

Abstract deadline is Friday February 28, 2014.  Registration and abstract submission can be found on the RURS website.