Thesis Defense by Lindsay Anderson on April 27th
Space Studies master’s student, Lindsay Anderson will defend her thesis as follows. All Space Studies students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Please show your support!
When: Wednesday, April 27th at 9:00 a.m. (Central DST)
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: With the current push to return to planetary exploration it is important to consider what science will be performed on such missions and how it is to be performed. This study considered three hand tools used for geologic sampling during the Apollo missions to determine whether handle redesigns guided by NASA-STD-3001 improved the performance of the tools. The tools of interest were the large adjustable scoop, the rake, and the 32-inch tongs, selected for relevance and usability in the test location. The three tools with their original and modified handle diameters were tested with two subjects wearing the NDX-1 Planetary Suit and performed within the regolith bin operated by Swamp Works at Kennedy Space Center. The effects of the tool modifications on task performance did not conclusively demonstrate improvement. However, a methodology was developed that may prove beneficial in future tests using larger sample sizes.
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 EVA and space analog studies. During that time she has participated in two analog studies, International Space Week, research at NASA's Ames Research Center and NASA's Kennedy Space Center, presented for UND's Human Spaceflight Laboratory at NASA's Johnson Space Center, and provided tours of the Human Spaceflight Laboratory for various outreach events and visitors. 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.
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