From the Moon to Mars – What’s Next for Space Exploration

Wednesday, June 19, 2019  |  5:30 PM | WITI Orlando Join WITI Orlando for an insightful discussion about the future of space exploration. Central Florida has a critical role to play in the future of commercial space missions. Come hear about possibilities for setting up staging posts on the moon for observation and exploration, as well as Read More …

Brazil Science Days

Science Days – A Traveling Space Fair Mike Conroy, FSI, joined the Michaelis Foundation for Global Education to bring STEM/STEAM inspiration to Brazilian students and families. Events included the soft opening at the Sorocaba Engineering School, (FACENS), in Sorocaba, a visit to a local High School and a 2-day event in Rio de Janeiro. Eleven Read More …

Blue Origin Launch Marks UCF’s Fourth Flight into Space This Year

UCF research continues to fly into space at a pace that is keeping with the university’s reputation as a leader in space technology and planetary science. BY ROBERT WELLS | MAY 2, 2019 The successful flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket this morning from west Texas carried multiple research payloads, including one from the UCF. It Read More …

UCF Marks 1st Year at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico

Facility’s staff has helped international scientists do their work in planetary science, space and atmospheric science, and radio astronomy. BY ZENAIDA KOTALA | APRIL 5, 2019 UCF celebrates its first anniversary this month of operating the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The observatory is the first national research center that UCF has led. It is home to Read More …

Asteroid Bennu Gives NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission Team Lots of Surprises

UCF Physics Professor Humberto Campins is part of the team studying Bennu, which may contain the molecular precursors to the origin of life and the Earth’s oceans. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA | MARCH 19, 2019 Sometimes the unexpected is more exciting than finding exactly what you thought you’d find, and this is indeed the case for the Read More …

Scientists Gather to Discuss Future Objectives of Arecibo Observatory

Chair of UCF’s physics department part of discussion about how to best harness the power of the observatory for future space-related research. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA The Arecibo Observatory and its researchers hosted scientists from around the world this week to discuss the future of research at the Puerto Rican facility under UCF management. Planetary Read More …

“Pluto – Never Forget”: FSI-led work tops UCF research findings of 2018

Pluto was demoted from a planet in 2006 according to the definition of a planet set by the International Astronomical Union, after discussion and voting from astronomers and planetary scientists from all over the world. However, the controversy of this move is far from over. FSI’s Philip Metzger is challenging the reclassification, with a literature Read More …

The FSI Senior Design Program: Connecting UCF students with space research

With the Florida Space Institute (FSI) Senior Design Program, UCF students have an opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary teams to tackle real problems in space research. The program kicked off early in 2018 with three goals:   Match NASA Kennedy Space Center project opportunities with UCF Senior Design Faculty and Student Teams Create unique, NASA-mentored, Read More …