MSS18 Internships: Ana Cristina, Michelle and Samuel report back from NASA AMES

“From the moment you enter NASA Ames Research Park and face the Space Shuttle model that was once tested here in the world’s biggest wind tunnel, you can’t help but to feel inspired to go work and contribute to the future of space exploration.

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More ISU Alumni at SSP18 than Participants 160 vs 135

ISU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund welcomed over 160 ISU alumni, gathered for the International Space University’s annual alumni conference. It took place this year at TU Delft, The Netherlands, one of the three locations where the Space Studies Program SSP18 is hosted.

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ISU Continues to Stay in Touch with Previous SSP Host Sites

During the astronaut panel of ISU’s Space Studies Program SSP17 in Cork, Ireland, one of the invited astronauts, Paolo Nespoli, was not able to attend as he was in quarantine for his next long-duration flight to the International Space Station (ISS).

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ISU SSP17 Space Humanities Looking Toward the Cosmos


“The International Space University’s Space Studies Program SSP17 Space Humanities (HUM) department embraced their best Irish Indiana Jones for a day at Lough Gur.  Just 21km from Limerick, Lough Gur is an ancient archaeological site teeming with history. 

With records dating back to the Stone Age, we traveled back in time to start our journey at the Great Grange stone circle.  

Known in Celtic Irish, “Lios na Grainsi" translates to “Stones of the Sun.”  The structure roughly stands 47.5m in diameter with 133 stones; this is the largest stone structure in Ireland.  

SSP17 HUM2After the historic introduction to this mysterious area, we headed to the Lough Gur Heritage Centre.  With gorgeous sweeping water views, we entered a world of philosophical concepts.  Presentations from ISU lecturers, Kerrie Dougherty, Samantha Coras, Frank Prendergast, Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides and Kate Harrold ranged from how the local Irish as well as other ancient cultures looked toward the cosmos for inspiration on how to create a closed-loop green community.  Framework like this would be necessary for human life to exist on Mars and the participants created and presented their own ideal habitat system during the workshop.  

We also had a taste of what astronauts call the “Overview Effect,” gaining our own “Orbital Perspective” from right here on Earth.” Reports Tara Foster, ISU SSP17 External Relations Assistant.

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"My life can be clearly divided between before and after ISU. ISU was a breaking point that created a world of possibilities in front of me."

Carmen Felix - MSS10 -

"Attending ISU has been, for me, the ultimate eye-opening experience. Attending the Master of Space Studies allowed me to pursue my personal interests with a limit determined only by my imagination."

Diego Urbina - MSS09 -

"My space flight was the changing point in my whole life. Since my background was mechanical engineering, I did not know much about space, which led me to the International Space University."

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