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Sally Ride Science Festival comes to Rice for the 9th year

September 14th, 2014 by David Alexander

On Saturday October 25, RSI, with partners across the university, are proud to host our 9th annual Sally Ride Science Festival.  See Sally Ride Festival for details.


RSI is now on Twitter

September 12th, 2014 by David Alexander

        You can now follow the Rice Space Institute on Twitter:  Look for @RiceSpace.

Spaceport Lectures to be Beamed to Hawai’i

September 11th, 2014 by David Alexander

The Rice Space Institute is partnering with the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES: pacificspacecenter.com) in Hilo, HI to broadcast the Houston Spaceport Frontier Lectures to a broader audience.

The experiment starts tonight with the opening lecture of the season by Space Icon, Wayne Hale.  Look forward to seeing you there and Aloha PISCES!

International Observe the Moon Night @ Rice University

September 5th, 2014 by David Alexander






Rice Observe the Moon

Rice Engineering Students to work on NASA exploration projects

September 4th, 2014 by David Alexander

Rice  engineering students  have selected several projects this year that will develop solutions to problems posed by NASA.  The  senior projects teams will use their diverse skills to deliver working prototypes of systems that solve challenges NASA faces for long duration exploration missions.  Projects selected were:

·       Design, build, and validate an intelligent work system to assist astronauts in performing operational tasks in in an extreme environment

·       Design and build novel concepts for  planetary base habitat furniture

·       Develop and measure the efficacy of an automated clothes sanitizer using a novel device to save on mass required for clothes for long duration missions

In addition, a freshman team will develop and deliver a modular concept  for  a configurable robot obstacle course to  facilitate testing.  One other sponsored project is looking for a faculty member to take on,  so will be announced later if it comes to fruition. The projects are a result ideas posed by Exploration, Engineering and Human Health and Performance Directorates at the Johnson Space Center.


Rice Cinema & Rice Space Institute Arts Initiative to present world premiere of ONE SMALL STEP

August 27th, 2014 by David Alexander

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 

7:00 PM  to 9:00 PM 
Film Auditorium  Rice Media Center
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas, USA

Commissioned by the Rice Space Institute Arts Initiative, ONE SMALL STEP follows the journeys of NASA’s Apollo missions to the moon. On the 45th anniversary of man’s first steps on the moon and the 25th anniversary of the acclaimed documentary film FOR ALL MANKIND, artists Peter Lucas and Camilo Gonzalez have creatively transformed that film’s beautifully restored NASA footage and recordings of astronauts’ recollections into an engaging, new experience, and an allegory for all “giant leaps.” The film is approximately 30 minutes in length. There will be a Q&A to follow the screening with artists Peter Lucas and Camillo Gonzalez, and a meet & greet reception in the Visual and Dramatic Arts Gallery. FREE ADMISSION

Houston Spaceport Frontiers Lecture: Opening the 2014-15 season

August 26th, 2014 by David Alexander

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday September 11 for Opening Spaceport Lecture of the new season

August 24th, 2014 by David Alexander

RSI is proud to open the new academic year with a Houston Spaceport Lecture by noted space icon, Wayne Hale Jr.

DATE: Thursday September 11

TIME: 6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm presentation

Location: McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall, Rice University

TitleChanging the Culture of Human Space Flight – How we returned the Space Shuttle to flight after Columbia

Full details will be forthcoming at spacefrontiers.rice.edu.

RSI participates in 2104 BioSciences Research Retreat

August 22nd, 2014 by David Alexander

Mr. Mark Jernigan and Dr. David Alexander participated in a career breakout sessions during the 2014 BioSciences at Rice Research Retreat on Friday (August 22). Two 30-min sessions were held in the BRC. A brief introduction to the RSI and opportunities for students with NASA were discussed with short Q&A’s in each.  As requested, we have posted NASA’s human health and performance challenges document with potential Rice faculty annotated for each below.

NASA HHPD Human Health and Performance needs for human spaceflight with Rice Faculty names

NASA Announces Humans in Space Art: Video Challenge

August 14th, 2014 by David Alexander

Visit www.HumansInSpaceArt.org  and select “Challenge” for details.