Wentworth Students Working with NASA on Spacewalk Training

January 24, 2017

Wentworth Students Working with NASA on Spacewalk Training

Wentworth Students Working with NASA on Spacewalk Training

Students from Wentworth Institute of Technology have been invited to NASA’s Johnson Space Center to test spacewalk tools they’ve designed for actual challenges related to deep-space exploration.

Calling themselves the Luna Leopards, the group of undergraduates is one of 32 student teams that have advanced to the testing phase in a NASA program called Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams, or Micro-g NExT.

The Wentworth team, the only students from a New England college in the program, will spend the next few months building prototypes and preparing for the test, which will take place in NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory—a 40-foot-deep pool where astronauts train for spacewalks. The students are scheduled to be in Houston from June 5-8.

During the fall 2016 semester the Wentworth group submitted a proposal for a pneumatic drill and sample collection tool called, “Microgravity Regolith Extractor.” The device is in the design refinement phase with guidance from an appointed NASA mentor.

The Wentworth team is comprised of four Mechanical Engineering seniors: Kristen Lundebjerg, Troy Doyle, Joshua Mortin and Jacob Williams, and their faculty advisor, Associate Professor Anthony W. Duva.

Micro-g NExT is managed by the Office of Education at Johnson. The program helps support the agency's education policy of using NASA's unique missions and programs to engage and encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math careers.

Other Micro-g NExT schools include: Arizona State University; Art Institute of Seattle; Boise State University; Coastal Bend College; Columbia University; Cornell University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Grand Valley State University; Kapi’olani Community College; Ohio State University; Old Dominion University; Onondaga Community College; Purdue University; Rochester Institute of Technology; Salt Lake Community College; State University of New York – Buffalo; Texas A&M University; University of Alaska at Anchorage; University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa; University of California at Los Angeles; University of California at Riverside; University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign; University of Maryland at College Park; University of Nebraska – Lincoln; University of Texas at Dallas; University of Texas at El Paso; University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley; and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

For social media, use @NASAedu and #MicrogNExT. For more information about NASA’s education programs, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/education. For more information about NASA EVAs, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/suitup.

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