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UCF RESEARCH LAYING GROUNDWORK FOR OFF-WORLD COLONIES

Before civilization can move off world it must make sure its structures work on the extraterrestrial foundations upon which they will be built. University of Central Florida researchers are already laying the groundwork for the off-world jump by creating standards for extraterrestrial surfaces. Their work was detailed recently in a study published in the journal […]

RESEARCHERS EXPLORE MARTIAN FARMING

Tucked away in a Florida Institute of Technology lab, a would-be Martian garden grows. A little more than a year after the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute opened at Florida Tech with the overarching mission to get humans to Mars, this horticultural research will attempt to address one of the most critical issues facing the first […]

MARTIAN SALAD PROJECT SHOWS PROMISE FOR CULTIVATING LIFE ON MARS

Space travel is a popular topic in science and in film. “The Martian,” starring Matt Damon, saw the main character use his skills as a botanist to grow food and survive on the planet. Such a feat may seem like Hollywood hype, but scientists at NASA, with help from Sodexo, world leader in Quality of […]

BLUE ORIGIN’S SPACECRAFT, UCF EXPERIMENT MAKE HISTORY

Yes! Followed by a high five. That was University of Central Florida Physics Professor Joshua Colwell’s reaction as he watched the successful launch into suborbital space of his experiment aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard space vehicle. “We have been waiting for this day for a long time,” Colwell said. “A lot of talented students have […]

NASA LAYS THE GROUNDWORK FOR HOMESTEADING IN SPACE

When moving from one city to another, people rarely bring their house with them — they just rent, buy or build a new one. Astronauts don’t have the luxury of a realtor on other planets, or even a hardware store in space. They generally bring everything they might need on their journey, no matter how […]

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