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NASA Selects UCF for $35 Million Mission to the Moon’s Mysterious Gruithuisen Domes

The mission will explore a region of the moon never before visited and may identify minerals and chemical resources available for future exploration. By Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala | June 2, 2022 NASA today tapped UCF’s dynamic duo, planetary scientists Kerri Donaldson Hanna and Adrienne Dove, to lead a $35 million science mission that will land a spacecraft on …

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The Success of FSI Researchers Featured In UCF’s Office of Research 2020-2021 Annual Report

According to the information written up by Zendaya Gonzalez Kotala, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Communications at UCF, “Florida Space Institute (FSI) had some big wins this past year, especially in the area of post-doctoral success. FSI generated more than $11.8 million in grants, up from $9.1 million in 2019. Several of those …

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FSI, UCF, and AO Researchers Honored With Asteroids Bearing Their Names

In a bulletin published on Friday, Working Group on Small Bodies (WGSM) of the IAU announced the researchers who had been honored with asteroids bearing their names, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the field of Planetary Science. The following honorees includes 8 current and 2 former UCF/FSI researchers and 4 colleagues at Arecibo …

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UCF Director of Space Medicine Advises Others: Fly High, Reach the Sky!

As part of Women’s History Month, UCF is sharing stories of some of the extraordinary women on campus contributing to science and scholarship. BY ROBERT WELLS | MARCH 22, 2021 From sleeping on her apartment floor as an early career physician to preparing astronauts for spacewalks, Esther Beltran has never given up following her passions. Her advice …

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UCF Researcher Aims to Preserve Astronauts’ Muscle Function in Space

BY MEGAN PABIAN Twenty years ago, landing people on Mars seemed like sci-fi, but with commercial spacecraft launching into space almost every month and NASA’s Mars Perseverance landing on the Red Planet last week, sending astronauts to Mars and beyond is actualizing into reality. “When the idea of astronauts actually getting to Mars became realistic, …

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FSI Project Among Twenty-eight Projects Selected at University of Central Florida to Receive Funding for Research

PI Dr. Noemi Pinilla-Alonso, along with Co-Is Dr. Charles Schambeau, Dr. Mário De Prá, and astronomy doctoral student Ana Carolina de Souza Feliciano, were awarded funding for their research project by the University of Central Florida’s Office of Research and the Provost Office SEED funding program. All of the research teams awarded received up to …

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UCF Satellite Launches Successfully into Space from Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne Rocket

The satellite’s mission is to capture video of small particles colliding in microgravity, which will help scientists understand the earliest stages of planet formation. BY ROBERT WELLS | JANUARY 19, 2021 University of Central Florida planetary science continues its ascent as a leader in space research with another high-profile flight, this time aboard Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne, which …

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