Message from Mars!
On August 21th, the Mars Society's unprecedented long-duration simulated Mars mission in the high Canadian Arctic reached a triumphant ending: the mission had lasted more than 100 days, and we had proven a crew could live on Mars Time! This was the first attempt ever made to date, so all our scientific break-troughs will soon be published in international papers to help making manned missions to the Moon and Mars a reality.Read more: Simon Auclair - SSP06
Astronaut and ISU alumn!
My experience at ISU was fantastic. I met men and women involved in national and commercial space programs from around the world. I gained a greater appreciation for and understanding of the diversity of space activity during that summer than I had from my four years at NASA. Shortly after attending ISU I was selected into the Astronaut Office at NASA and was pleased to already know so much about the world's space programs, to know many of the future players in those programs, and to already understand the various ways that the rest of the world views NASA. I feel that my education at ISU has been invaluable to me in my career.
(image courtesy of NASA)
About ISU's Network
Some time ago I was working hard on a bid for European Space Agency money to do some potentially creative work on a new, ultra-miniature (MEMS or Micro Electro Mechanical Systems based) rocket engine design.
Although largely demanding study work (pervasive in our space industry), the statement of work also required some detailed fluid flow modelling at the micro scale of the proposed design, and a capability to fabricate MEMS components to test the prototype.Read more: Adam Baker - SSP94
Osteoporosis and Embryo Development in Space
I was a very fortunate candidate who was sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) to attend the International Space University Summer Space Program (ISU-SSP) in 1996.
This experience was the start of an incredible journey that allowed me to deepen my knowledge in the area of Medicine, broaden my interest and experience in the domain of medical research, and develop personal skills which have allowed me to partake in international research projects that permitted me to help improve the health of Canadians.Read more: Kevin E. Forkheim - SSP96
The MSS course provided me with a good foundation on many subjects to do with Space.
Although I had some work experience prior to attending ISU, the team working opportunities, and the rare chances to talk to some of the big names (astronauts, cosmonauts, senior figures from NASA, ESA, and companies etc) while I was at ISU expanded my horizons quite beyond my expectations.
The part of the MSS programme I cherished most was my 3-month placement at JPL - it was a dream-experience for me, and I am grateful that ISU gave me all the support I needed to get there. I learnt a great deal and enjoyed being part of a small team of engineers there, working on an avionics design tool - the experience confirmed to me that I wanted to develop my career in the Space industry.Read more: Carol Lo - MSS00