Thesis Proposal Presentation by Lindsay Anderson on May 21st
Space Studies master’s student, Lindsay Anderson, will give her thesis proposal presentation as follows. All Space Studies students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.
When: Thursday, May 21st at 11 a.m.
Where: Ryan Hall, Room 111
Title: A comparative analysis of the geology tools used during the Apollo Lunar Program and their suitability for future missions to the Moon
About the topic: Looking forward to manned missions to the Moon and Mars will require a rethink of extravehicular activities (EVA). Since the time of Apollo, EVAs have only been performed in a microgravity environment and this is where the NASA standards for equipment have been focused. The purpose of this thesis will be to perform a comparison on the geology tools utilized during the NASA Apollo lunar program against a set of similar tools designed according to the NASA-STD-3001 standard. This comparison will be performed to answer two main questions: are the new geology tool designs an improvement over the original tools designed for the Apollo missions and second, can the NASA-STD-3001 standard, which was mainly developed for microgravity applications, be successfully applied to reduced gravity, planetary operations?
About the presenter: Lindsay Anderson graduated from the University of North Dakota with a B.S. in physics, concentration in astrophysics and a minor in math. Currently she is a second year masters student in the Department of Space Studies. During her time in the department, she has worked for Dr. Pablo de Leon in the Human Spaceflight Laboratory on projects such as the 10 and 30 day LMAH missions and performing tests on the DLH-1 in the 20-g centrifuge at Ames Research Center. Last summer she interned at Johnson Space Center in the Astromaterials Acquisition and Curation Office.