MSS19 Internship Stories: Five Participants at NASA Ames Research Center

This past year at the International Space University ISU was full of meetings, challenges and fun, but this was nothing compared to the internship. Let’s take it from the beginning: my trip brought me from Strasbourg to Mountain View, California. Why Mountain View?

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Let there be Light! Updates from Team Bubbles

Towards the end of 2018, four International Space University ISU MSS students - Adam Nawal, Orr Cohen, Sara Kahn, and James Hurrell - started work on an experiment focused on single bubble sonoluminescence (SBS). They’re known as “Team Bubbles”. Let’s read more!

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ESA THE European Space Agency by Jan Woerner

On 8 July 2019, the Eurometropolis of Strasbourg, represented by Mme Catherine Trautmann welcomed the European Space Agency ESA director general – Jan Woerner as part of the International Space University’s ISU Space Studies Program SSP19 events series open to the general public.

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ISU faculty and alumni complete ISS experiment


The objective of the Reversible Figures experiment was to investigate whether the perception of depth was altered in astronauts during long-duration spaceflight. The results of this experiment have just been published in PLoS One.

The investigation, led by ISU faculty members Dr. Gilles Clement and Dr. Bob Thirsk and sponsored by ESA and CNES, used ambiguous figures for studying visual perception. Reversible perspective figures can give rise to two different depth interpretations by the brain. However, there is a statistically known preference in 1 g. By contrast, after several months in orbit, the ISS astronauts perceived both depth interpretations for an equal duration. This change in depth perception during spaceflight is attributed to the lack of the gravitational reference for interpreting perspective depth cues. According to Dr. Thirsk “This result is relevant for space exploration because changes in 3D visual perception may influence the ability to accurately perform tasks such as controlling robotic arms”.

The idea for this ISS-based life sciences experiment was conceived by ISU participants and faculty during the SSP’10 summer session in Strasbourg. In addition to Drs. Clement and Thirsk, six ISU participants played significant roles on the team by assisting with administrative and operational aspects of the research. Some of them even evaluated the experiment under parabolic flight conditions. “The Reversible Figures experiment provided relevant, hands-on research experiences for the participants (now alumni) beyond the ISU campus,” said Dr. Clement. The project is consistent with International Space University’s interdisciplinary, international and intercultural foundation.

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