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Multi-Purpose Research Station in North Dakota in Support of NASA’s Future Human Missions to Mars University of North Dakota/NASA Kennedy Space Center, Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate

The University of North Dakota (UND) Human Spaceflight Laboratory will develop a Multi-Purpose Research Station in North Dakota designed to expand NASA-relevant research opportunities for students and faculty within the state, as well as project collaborators. The research will be a collaborative effort between numerous departments across the UND campus, colleges and universities from across the state, and multiple NASA centers. This research station will include geological studies, extra-vehicular activity (EVA) research and operations, plant production studies, and human factors research (both physiological and psychological studies). The location of a research station is key to the success and effectiveness of NASA-relevant analog studies. North Dakota offers a unique environment for this type of research. The climate’s extremes are ideal for testing performance of equipment designed for similar conditions on other planetary surfaces; there is no NASA center or related industry in the area; and isolated, yet accessible locations are plentiful. These factors make North Dakota an optimal location for these simulation studies so integral to NASA’s preparation for deep space missions. This permanent experimental station will help our next generation of explorers reach new worlds beyond Earth.

Checkout of the upper torso of the space suit.



NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014 -15

Dr. Pablo de León, Science PI, Associate Professor, University of North Dakota and student fit test the lunar rover and suit.

Mr. Douglas Gruendel, NASA Technical Monitor, Kennedy Space Center

Team member testing flexibility of new suit design.

EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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