The fall semester Brown Bag Seminar Series features graduate students providing presentations on their current research and recent internships. This series continues on Wednesday, September 30th, featuring grad student Lindsay Anderson presenting “Lunar Sampling: Tools and Storage Utilized for Apollo Lunar Samples”.
This series of presentations will be held in the Space Studies Library at noon. Lunch will be served. All funded grad students are expected to attend.
About the topic: Lunar as well as other sampling is of scientific importance and allows for not only the study of the Moon, but also of the Earth and our solar system. The largest lunar sample collection to date was returned by the twelve Apollo astronauts throughout their EVAs on the Moon's surface. These astronauts had assistance while gathering the samples from a number of geologic tools especially designed for collecting lunar samples and for use while wearing a pressurized suit. Redesigns of various tools took place throughout the lunar landing missions as issues on the lunar surface were reported. However, usability wasn't the only design consideration as these tools also had to take into account mass and volume restrictions imposed by the constraints of the program. After the samples were returned to Earth, they were received, partly analyzed, and most were subsequently stored at, the Manned Spacecraft Center, now Johnson Space Center , for future applications. Luna’s geological samples are invaluable resource of data for new geological sampling tool designs.
About the presenter: Lindsay Anderson has a B.S. in physics with a concentration in Astrophysics and a minor in mathematics. During her undergraduate career, she had the opportunity to observe at Kitt Peak on the 2.1 meter telescope and had an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) at Texas Christian University researching the M Cloud in the Local Super-cluster. She was also a founding member of the Frozen Fury rocket team. Since joining the Space Studies Department as a MS student, she has been working as a Graduate Research Assistant with Dr. Pablo de León focusing on space suits, space operations instrumentation, and space analog studies. She interned at NASA's Johnson Space Center for the summer of 2014 in the department of Acquisition and Curation in the ARES directorate studying the detection of meteorite falls.
For information on the Brown Bag Seminar Series, please contact Space Studies faculty member Dr. Vadim Rygalov.