One aspect of our collaboration is that each year the MIT professors set real-world challenges for our students to tackle. Previous challenges have included developing smart cities, self-driving cars, photographing extreme environments with the aid of robotics, and many more.
For this year’s challenges, we are joining three MIT experts conducting out of this world research “Into the Void”. These experts are working on advancing and enabling human exploration of space, including human travel to Mars (and, equally important, the journey home to Earth). How can our exploration of space, the moon, and other planets be successful, sustainable, and responsible to humanity, Earth and out universe?
We have already seen some outstanding work from our students who have been thinking about ways that they can improve the quality of life for astronauts traveling in space. Ideas included growing plants hydroponically on the International Space Station, football at zero gravity, and a hydrogen surfboard! Students also had a chance to ask questions related to their project ideas with MIT expert Dr. Ariel Ekblaw. Keep your eyes open for her responses which will be released via video sometime in November.