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Space Studies continues Colloquium Series on March 22

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From the Space Studies Web site:

Colloquium Series to feature Dr. Christopher Moore on March 22nd

The next colloquium talk (fifth in the series) will be presented by Dr. Christopher Moore, Dy. Director, Advanced Capabilities Department, NASA HQ.

Topic: NASA’s technology development for human exploration missions to Mars

Place: Ryan Hall 111

Date: March 22, 2010

Time: 4:00 PM

About the topic: Current plans call for the first human missions to Mars to be launched around 2030. The recently completed “Mars Design Reference Mission 5.0” study defines a conceptual mission architecture and identifies enabling technologies.  NASA is beginning long-range development on key technologies needed for these missions because it will take many years for them to reach maturity.  The ISS and the lunar outpost will be used as test beds for these technologies to reduce risk and prepare for human exploration of Mars.

NASA’s Exploration Technology Development Program is maturing technologies and demonstrating operational scenarios for lunar exploration that are extensible to future human missions to Mars.  These include fission surface power systems; entry, descent, and landing systems for large payloads; liquid oxygen-liquid methane propulsion systems; cryogenic fluid management; closed-loop life support; small pressurized rovers for surface mobility; in-situ resource utilization; radiation shielding; and optical communications.  Advanced technologies will enable more affordable and sustainable Mars exploration.

About the speaker: Chris Moore has worked at NASA for 24 years.  He is the Deputy Director of the Advanced Capabilities Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, where he leads the development of advanced technology for future exploration missions.   From 1985 to 2002, he worked at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia where he designed, integrated, and tested Space Shuttle payloads, and conducted research on robotics.  He received a Ph. D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1991, a M. S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1984, and a B. S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1983. In his free time, Chris likes to run, ski, read, and travel to other countries.

Those unable to attend in person may view  the live webcast by using one of the links found at
This presentation will be archived at http://www.space.edu for later viewing.


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March 19, 2010 at 3:42 pm

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