The team is the first in Stanford’s history to be chosen for NASA’s Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program.
Despite the government shutdown and its effects on National Aeronautics and Space Administration, students such as Sean Copeland M.S. ’10, Ph.D. ’15 in Stanford’s Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics remain hopeful for a career in the field.
Space entrepreneurship is hard. Good ideas can be hard to come by and discovering one often requires a deep knowledge of the field. But thanks to emerging companies, unique business models and developing technology, these obstacles are eroding. And the Stanford Student Space Initiative is capitalizing on this new environment to show students how they can make a difference.
Ed Lu Ph.D. 89 is a former NASA astronaut more recently known for his work as CEO of the B612 Foundation, which aims to “hunt asteroids that could hit the Earth and potentially cause human devastation.” Lu sat down with The Daily to discuss his time at Stanford, his passion for space and why he considers asteroids to be one of Earth’s biggest threats.
Researchers at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC), part of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, have confirmed that cosmic rays are created in the aftermath of supernovas, a theory that had never before been proven conclusively.
“Stanford is the kind of place where you do think about achieving goals that are incredible and you do get encouragement from being around people that set those goals just like you do,” said Ellen Ochoa M.S. ’81 Ph.D. ’85, the first Hispanic woman in space, on Monday night in Cemex Auditorium at an event highlighting the accomplishments of three Stanford alumnae astronauts.