Nearly 150 space professionals from around the world enjoyed an unparalled tour of NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland on Tuesday, July 7, as part of International Space University’s (ISU) 28th Space Studies Program (SSP15).
ISU, the world’s premier international space education institution, hosts SSP15 at Ohio University from June 8-August 7.
Supported by major space agencies and aerospace organizations from around the world, including NASA’s Glenn Research Center, SSP15 drew more than 100 participants from 30 countries – and 150 more international faculty members – to Athens, Ohio. These participants are engineers, scientists, and legal and medical professionals from government and space agencies, academia, and aerospace companies.
ISU’s intense nine-week professional development program covers all aspects of space programs and enterprises, including lectures and activities with leading space professionals such as astronauts. Disciplines highlighted include space sciences; space engineering; space policy, economics and law; space management and business; space humanities; space applications and human performance in space.
“A space agency partner is a key ingredient for an incredible International Space University program. Being hosted by Ohio University, with proximity to NASA’s Glenn Research Center, is the best of both possible worlds – a world-class academic institution and a world-class research institute,” said SSP15 Director John Connolly, most recently chief exploration scientist at NASA.
“This was a tremendous opportunity to showcase Ohio,” said John Sankovic, NASA Glenn’s Chief Technology Officer.
SSP15 participants toured NASA Glenn’s Zero-G Facility, which includes a 467-foot drop tower that enables researchers to test experiments in a microgravity environment for up to 5.18 seconds, as well as the Glenn Extreme Environment Rig, which can simulate planetary environments including high temperature, high pressure and multicomponent chemistry.
The tour also included NASA Glenn’s Exercise Countermeasures Lab and Simulated Lunar Operations Lab.
While in the Cleveland area, the group toured the International Women’s Air and Space Museum in Cleveland’s Burke Lakefront Airport, where participants discovered the museum’s collection of photographs, articles and artifacts relating to the history of women in aviation and space.
On Wednesday, July 8, SSP15 participants travelled to the Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio. There, the group got a up-close look at the Gemini VIII spacecraft, Neil Armstrong’s space suits and an Apollo 11 moon rock.
“We were thrilled to be invited to NASA Glenn to experience the best of NASA’s research and technology,” Connolly said. “Introducing the world’s space community to NASA’s missions, and in turn introducing NASA Glenn to the space studies participants and faculty from around the world is what ISU is all about.”