Monday, October 28, 2013

University of North Dakota Starts a Ten Day Lunar Habitat Experiment

University of North Dakota Starts a Ten Day Lunar Habitat Experiment. Credit:

A ten day lunar habitat experiment started Sunday at the University of North Dakota. Throughout the next week and half three University of North Dakota students will live in a lunar habitat, working with and testing a variety of space equipment. Travis Nelson/Mission Commander: “The significance of this is a step towards the future of space exploration and the advancement of science.” The trial is part of the university's NASA-funded NDX Planetary Exploration System. UND has been designing, planning and building the system which includes the following: an inflatable habitat, rover and space suits.

Tim Buli/Crew Member: “They're actually more comfortable then you'd think. They’re a 25 pound suit. They hold up pretty well. Most of the weight is on your shoulders. So, we have quite a bit of mobility.

Scientific work that benefits both the international space community and those right here in Grand Forks.

Santoosh: “Most importantly over the last few years, many students, not only from the space studies department but from the college from other parts of campus as well have worked on this project and gained a lot of experience as well.”

And while the students are thrilled to be working on research that is critical for future missions in space. They are excited for another reason as well - One that we all can relate to.

Nelson: I look forward to being in the space suits often and being a pretend astronaut on almost a real scale.

Buli: “You know, it’s fun to pretend to be an astronaut for a few days.”

The test crew will use radios to communicate with faculty and instructors outside of the space habitat.

Each day tests and experiments will be performed.


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